Notices have gone up around Falmouth. The Article 4 Direction means that anyone wishing to create a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) in the area it covers will have to apply for planning permission to convert a family home into an HMO. The Council will place a cap on the proportion of HMOs in any one street.
If you support this initiative, you can write to Cornwall Council to support and comment on the Article 4 Direction. Cornwall Council will certainly receive comments opposed to it and supporters need to get their voices heard too. The Council will consider any representations it receives, and then decide whether or not to confirm the Article 4 Direction.
Confirmation of this initiative for this will come through probably in June 2016 as long as it is agreed and then come into force a year later in June 2017.
Many university towns and cities across the country have an Article 4 in place to limit the number HMOs in any one street to ensure a balanced community - Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Bath, Bournemouth, Southampton and many more. Most of these towns are home to a growing University.
It is important that you give your support to this initiative.
The Article 4 Direction is just the start and part of a package of initiatives that the Council can use to address the housing crisis in Falmouth. What is also crucial to the effects of the town’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, which will give clear guidance for the new planning controls and their implementation. It is important therefore that residents support the Neighbourhood Development Plan as well and vote for it in the referendum early next year.
You can find out more, and respond on-line to the invitation to comment on the Article 4, by going to proposed Article 4 Direction for Falmouth.