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HMO Article 4 formal process

Following a consultation exercise in respect of the options available to the city council for the future management and control of houses in multiple occupation, the council has made an Article 4 direction, relating to houses in multiple occupation, for the whole of the City of Lincoln Council area.

The council invited representations on the Article 4 direction between 27 February and 20 March 2015, and subsequently decided to confirm the direction on 25 January 2016. A consultation statement has been produced outlining the consultation, representations and comments received and officer responses to the main issues raised, and can be downloaded in the downloads section below

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Formal process and documentation

The process which led the council to pursue the consideration of an Article 4 direction for the council’s administrative area for the purpose of houses in multiple occupation and an accreditation scheme for private sector housing is summarised below:

Summary of key milestones for implementation

Below are you can find the key milestones for both the Article 4 project and the ‘Supplementary Planning Document’.

The ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ is a document which is required to legally enforce the Article 4 direction and will include the criteria against which planning applications will be decided in the future.

Article 4 direction key milestones 

  • Decision from Executive /Article 4 direction made: 15th December 2014
  • Serve notice locally and notify the Secretary of State: 27th February to 20th March 2015
  • Evidence gathering: to January 2016
  • Consultation responses presented to Executive: 15th June 2015
  • Preparation of Supplementary Planning Document to: December 2015
  • Take proposed policy to Policy Scrutiny Committee: 20th January 2016
  • Decision whether to confirm the direction – Executive: 25th January 2016
  • Direction would come into force subject to decision: 1st March 2016
  • Serve notice locally and notify the Secretary of State: February to March 2016
  • Annual monitoring and review: from 31st March 2016 

Supplementary Planning Document

  • Decision from Executive: 15th December 2014
  • Evidence gathering: to January 2016
  • Consideration of evidence and preparation of draft SPD: May to August 2015
  • Draft SPD presented to Executive: 24th August 2015
  • Consultation on draft SPD: September to October 2015
  • Consideration of representations and preparation of the final draft SPD: October to December 2015
  • Final draft SPD to Policy Scrutiny Committee: 20th January 2016
  • Final draft SPD to Executive for final decision: 25th January 2016
  • Adoption SPD remains ‘Draft’ until Central Lincolnshire Local Plan adopted: (earliest November 2016) 1st March 2016/Final November 2016 (subject to change)
  • Annual monitoring and review: from 31st March 2016
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