Geoffrey Miles

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Saturday 26th July 2014


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Geoffrey Miles

20:34 PM, 9th August 2014
About 6 years ago

Planning permission for C3 to C4 in Article 4 conservation area

Reply to the comment left by "Sue Whittle" at "09/08/2014 - 15:43":

Hi Sue
Yes happy to chat. Not sure how it works here but you can e mail me at geoffreydmiles@gmail.com... Read More

Geoffrey Miles

15:10 PM, 26th July 2014
About 6 years ago

Planning permission for C3 to C4 in Article 4 conservation area

I am a landlord with properties in NN1 and have been through the Article 4 process on 3 occasions since it was introduced.
Firstly the Article 4 area is restricted to parts of the area but substantial parts of the town are included. NN1 is in the area.
You are correct in stating that you need planning approval for change of use. The advice you have been given is to request pre planning advice. Normally the fee is 10% of the planning fee but Article 4 applications are exempt so no charge applies.
My experience is that the planning department will make serious efforts to correctly advise you on the acceptability of change of use. They will research the HMO density locally amongst other factors. I have found them to be honest and reasonable. BUT this advice is not legally binding so you would be taking a very large risk in purchasing prior to obtaining full planning consent. The 8 week application process makes it very difficult to buy subject to planning.
Please also be aware that from November 3rd this year additional mandatory licensing is being introduced which would apply to you.
Hope this helps a little.... Read More