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Appeal: HMO use after Article 4 direction ‘was not a wilful breach’ of planning law

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An inspector has refused permission to retain an HMO that was created after a local Article 4 direction restricting HMO conversions, ruling that although there had been no wilful breach of planning laws, it still conflicted with local policy.

The appeal relates to a two-storey terraced property in Ormskirk, West Lancashire. It was converted into a HMO (house in multiple occupation) in 2012 and has since been shared by students of nearby Edge Hill University.A year earlier, however, West Lancashire Borough Council had made an Article 4 direction, which allows local authorities to remove or restrict permitted development rights in........
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