Article 4 Direction: Kingswood Corby

Meaning of Article 4 Direction

Permitted development rights allow certain types of building work or changes of use without the need for planning permission.

An Article 4 Direction allows a local planning authority to withdraw certain permitted development rights, so that planning permission is required.

Houses in Multiple Occupation

On 24 April 2023 North Northamptonshire Council made a non-immediate Article 4 Direction covering parts of Kingswood, Corby. The Direction, which was confirmed by the Council on 22 December 2023, withdraws the permitted development right to convert houses (planning use class C3) to houses in multiple occupation (planning use class C4), meaning that this type of development will require planning permission from 24 April 2024, which is the date the Direction comes into force.

How it affects you

If you live in or own a residential property within the area covered by the Direction, then from 24 April 2024 you would need to gain planning permission from the Council to convert a family house into a shared house or a house in multiple occupation.

Any house that was already in multiple occupation use before the relevant effective date can continue to be used as a shared house.

A map of the area affected is also contained within the confirmed Article 4 Direction. Alternatively, you can see if you are affected by using our online interactive mapping system.

If you are a landlord, you should be aware that licensing may also be needed for your HMO property. To find out more about licensing requirements view the HMO licensing pages.

If you have any questions about the planning application process or would like to check if you need to gain planning permission for your proposed development then view the planning permission check pages.


Last updated 01 March 2024