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Article 4 - HMO

An Article 4 Direction is a legal tool that gives the Council special control over development.

In December 2011, we introduced an Article 4 Direction to control changes of use from dwellings to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Ormskirk, parts of Aughton and Westhead. As a result, planning permission is required to change from a dwelling to an HMO in these areas.

The Article 4 Direction works alongside Local Plan policy RS3: Provision of Student Accommodation.  Policy RS3 limits the proportion of HMOs in the different streets within the Article 4 area, usually to 5%.  Policy RS3 and the Article 4 Direction (along with the map showing the area affected) can be downloaded below.