Newsshopper are reporting on the introduction of ‘Article 4 directions’ that require
HMOs in the Perry Vale and Christmas Estate, and Lewisham Park conservation areas to need planning permission in future:
Mayor and Cabinet voted to introduce an Article 4 direction to the Perry Vale and Christmas Estate, and Lewisham Park conservation areas in a bid to prevent development that threatens local heritage.
Under the direction, converting homes to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) will no longer be permitted without permission from April 2020 for Perry Vale and August 2020 for Lewisham Park.
Mayor Damien Egan said officers had received positive feedback and “wide support” from residents during the consultation.
“This report formally seeks confirmation of the Article 4 direction for Perry Vale and Christmas Estate, and Lewisham Park conservation areas.
“What it does is removes permitted development rights for homes to be converted into multiple flats in conservation areas so we can better preserve the property’s heritage,” he said.
Mayor Egan added that the drive to preserve the areas was “resident-led” and it emerged that no one had objected to the proposals.