Article 4 Direction on small HMOs within Lewisham’s southern wards

Closed 2 May 2019

Opened 7 Mar 2019


Lewisham Council approved the making of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction for Lewisham’s southern wards to withdraw permitted development rights for the change of use from dwelling houses (Use Class C3) to small HMO’s (Use Class C4) where between 3 and 6 unrelated people share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.

This means that planning permission will be required within this area from 7 March 2020 onwards before a single family dwelling house can be converted into a small house in multiple occupation (HMO) . And, therefore enable the Council to better manage the impact and improve the standard of small HMO’s within the boroughs southern wards, alongside the extension to the HMO licensing scheme.

A copy of the Article 4 Direction, a map defining the area and associated documents can be seen by clicking the links below:

Article 4 Direction Document including map

HMO Evidence and Review Paper

By clicking the link below, you can make a representation and give us your views on the on the Article  4(1) Direction.

Your representations will  be presented to the Mayor and Cabinet of Lewisham Council as part of the decision making process on whether to confirm the Article  4(1) Direction.


  • Bellingham
  • Downham
  • Grove Park


  • General public
  • Lewisham residents
  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Professional stakeholders (e.g. teachers, GPs, police etc.)


  • Regeneration
  • Planning
  • Environment
  • Refuse and recycling
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Crime and safety