Talbot Village Houses in Multiple Occupancy

On 23 April 2013 council confirmed a direction under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, as amended, which removes permitted development rights for proposals seeking the change of use from a Class C3 Dwelling House to a Class C4 House in Multiple Occupancy. The Article 4 Direction came into force on 1 May 2013. From this date, a change of use from a family dwelling to a HMO, within the defined area, will require the submission of a planning application.

A consultation ran from 10 February to 4 May 2012 with responses received from organisations and residents regarding the proposal to introduce an Article 4 Direction covering the Talbot Village area.

What houses in multiple occupation are

Houses in multiple occupation are defined as 'small shared houses or flats occupied by between 3 and 6 unrelated individuals who share basic amenities'.

Why we need an article 4 direction

The proximity of the Talbot Village development to the Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth campuses, has resulted in the conversion of some family housing to student accommodation in the form of houses of multiple occupation (HMO).

There is recognition at both national and local levels that concentrations of HMO occupied by students can have an adverse effect on the character and amenity of affected neighbourhoods through such problems as:

  • anti-social behaviour
  • noise and nuisance
  • pressure from on street parking provision
  • growth in the private rented sector at the expense of owner occupation
  • reduced choice of family housing
  • pressure on local community facilities
  • imbalance in the demographic profile of the local community

Where there are concerns about the impact of concentrations of HMO development in a particular area, local authorities are able to use article 4 directions to remove permitted development rights and require planning applications for such development. It should be noted that the implementation of the article 4 direction would not result in planning control over existing HMO.

The planning approach to HMO in Talbot Village

The policy framework against which applications proposing the change of use from a Class C3 Dwelling House to a Class 4 HMO within the area of Talbot Village, is provided through policy PP14 Talbot Village houses in multiple occupation in the Poole Local Plan (adopted in November 2018). The policy adopts a criteria based approach to the assessment and determination of proposals for the change of use.

Contact details


01202 633321

Growth and Infrastructure
BCP Council
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 19 December 2019
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