Article 4 Direction C4 HMOs

Borough-wide, non-immediate Article 4(1) Direction for London Borough of Redbridge

On 3 December 2018, Redbridge Council made a non-immediate, borough-wide Article 4(1) Direction, that will have the effect of withdrawing permitted development rights for small houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in the C4 use class. The Council began an eight-week public consultation on the Article 4(1) Direction on 6 December 2018 that will end on Thursday 31 January 2019.

At the end of the period of public consultation, and after reviewing comments made by the public, the Council will decide whether the Article 4(1) Direction is to be confirmed. If confirmed the Direction will come into force 12-months after the start date of the eight-week consultation on 6 December 2019, whereby permitted development rights will no longer apply to small HMO development in the borough and planning permission from the Council will be required for such proposals.

A timetable for the consultation and confirmation of the Article 4(1) Direction, and when it is likely to come into effect, is set out in the table below. Public notice of the confirmation will be arranged when the Direction comes into effect.

You can make comments on the Article 4(1) Direction during the eight-week public consultation period, the Council must receive your comments by 31 January 2019. If you have any concerns please ensure you submit your comments in writing to Planning Policy Team, Front Office, Floor 11, 255-259 Lynton House, High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1NN, or alternatively you can email your comments to

A complete copy of the Article 4(1) Direction with a map defining the boundary of the London Borough of Redbridge, to which the Direction applies; and a notice of the making of the Direction can be accessed via the links below.  A hard copy of the Direction may also be seen at the Council’s main office at Lynton House, High Road Ilford, and all local libraries in the borough between the hours of 9:30am and 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am and 5pm Saturdays, during the eight-week consultation period.


Process for the Article 4 Direction



Dec 2018 to Jan 2019

Eight-week public consultation process for the non-immediate, borough-wide Article 4(1) Direction, during which comments can be made.

Spring 2019

Report back to Cabinet on the results of the eight-week consultation, and after taking all responses into consideration, a decision will be taken on whether to confirm that the Article 4(1) Direction will come into effect in December 2019.

Dec 2019

The Council will give notice of the confirmation of the Article 4(1) Direction.



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