Central Government’s Guidance in respect of Article 4 Directions places the onus of responsibility on City of York Council (CYC) for demonstrating the need and requires that the reasons for making an Article 4 Direction should be:
- ‘’Justified by evidence of local circumstances’’ being such that there are ‘’compelling reasons to impose an exceptional control’’.
- And a ‘’particularly strong justification’’ for the withdrawal of permitted development rights relating to a wide area".
We the undersigned strongly object to the removal of current permitted development rights for properties anywhere in the City of York and we object to CYC’s proposal to introduce any Article 4 Directive requiring ‘Change of Use Planning Consent’ to become a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
We further believe that:
- CYC already have sufficient powers granted to them under the 2004 Housing Act to tackle any isolated problems caused by a small minority irresponsible landlords, tenants and/or mismanaged properties and that these powers are not currently being used.
- CYC has not adequately consulted with stakeholders before making the decision to introduce an Article 4 Directive
- There is insufficient evidence that HMO’s in York have any detrimental effects on the local community.
- There is no justification for introducing these draconian control measures to combat a perceived problem that does not exist.
- CYC’s proposal is discriminatory and will especially disadvantage those who are the most vulnerable tenants in York.
- The proposal will cause long term damage to the Private Rented Sector and also to the city’s economy as a whole.