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Planning Application for new five bedroom HMO approved by Birmingham City Council.


Five bedroom HMO approved by Birmingham City Council at 19 Adams Hill, Bartley Green, Birmingham.

The new owners of 19 Adams Hill purchased the property at Auction and the building was a former Cannabis factory that had been extensively damaged by fire.  En-Plan were approached to gain planning permission for extend the property and convert into a HMO.  Bartley Green itself is a residential suburban area and electoral ward in Birmingham, England, 5 miles (8 km) south west of the city centre. The ward is part of the Birmingham Edgbaston constituency and is represented in parliament by Labour Co-operative MP Preet Gill. Newman University is a public university based in the suburb of Bartley Green in Birmingham, England. The university was founded in 1968 as Newman College of Higher Education. From 2008 to 2013, it was known as Newman University College, gaining full university status in 2013.

Bartley Green is a suburb located in the southwest of Birmingham, England. While I don't have access to detailed information about the specific history of Bartley Green, I can provide some general information about the area. Bartley Green was historically a rural area, known for its farmland and agricultural activities. However, like many areas surrounding Birmingham, it experienced significant urban development and expansion during the 20th century. In the early 20th century, the area began to undergo suburban development, with the construction of housing estates and the establishment of local amenities such as schools, shops, and community facilities. This development was driven by the increasing demand for housing in the expanding city of Birmingham. The area continued to grow throughout the mid-20th century, with additional housing developments and improvements in infrastructure, including the construction of roads and transportation links. Bartley Green became an established residential area, offering a mix of housing options for its residents.

Today, Bartley Green is primarily a residential suburb, characterized by a mix of housing types ranging from council estates to privately owned homes. The area also features several green spaces and parks, providing recreational opportunities for residents.

City-Wide Article 4 Direction relating to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

The city council made a decision to introduce a city-wide Article 4 Direction, which came in to force on Monday 8 June 2020. The direction means that throughout the city a planning application must be submitted for proposals to convert family houses (C3 use class) to small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) accommodating between 3 and 6 people (C4 use class).

A 6 week period to publicise the city wide direction took place between Thursday 6 June 2019 and Thursday 18 July 2019. Comments received during this period were considered at the council’s cabinet meeting on 17 December 2019 and Cabinet resolved at that meeting to confirm the new city-wide Article 4 Direction and the cancellation of the existing Selly Oak, Harborne and Edgbaston Article 4 Direction, which is now covered by the city wide Article 4 Direction.

In the 12 months preceding the Article 4 Direction coming in to force the city council encouraged landlords, owners and agents to declare their existing small HMOs in the city. This was so that they could be recorded alongside those that had been identified from HMO licensing, planning approval and council tax records. A spreadsheet that summarises the number of HMOs identified in each ward of the city can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. This spreadsheet is updated regularly to take account of changes to the above records over time

On 26 April 2022 the city council also adopted a new Houses in Multiple Occupation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to provide further guidance on the application of planning policy for HMO development proposals. If you propose to convert a property to a HMO then please review the guidance provided within the SPD refer to the planning application process.

The proposal En-Plan put forward to the owner's was to extend the property at ground floor to allow for bedroom at ground floor and an extended kitchen.  The roof which was no longer in existence would b replaced with a new loft conversion thereby allowing a new five bedroom HMO unit.  This scheme was subsequently submitted to Birmingham City Council and received planning permission.

The project is now starting to gather momentum as of August 2021 as a full plans building regulations application has now been submitted to Approved Inspectors in Shrewsbury ( But who cover the entire West Midlands) and En-Plan will be looking to partner the owners as they move forward to the tendering and building phase.

If you would like to find out more about how our Planning Consultancy and Architectural Design Services can work in perfect sync to achieve a successful outcome in the planning system please CONTACT US and we will be only too happy to talk through any questions or development proposals you may have.


Proposed Elevations The Maltings, Stone,Staffordshire.

May 2021

Change of Use application for a Listed Building in Stone, Staffordshire.

En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have submitted Planning and Listed Building Applications for the proposed change of use of The Maltings in Stone to a new hotel annex with a ground floor gym.

We are working with the Planning & Conservation sections of Stafford Borough Council on the project.


Broome Chapel Norfolk.

April 2021

Planning Application approved for new residential unit in Norfolk.

En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have received planning approval for the creation of a new detached residential unit via the conversion of a former Baptist Chapel in West Norfolk

 The application received unanimous support at the Planing Committee held by West Norfolk & King's Lynn District Council in January 2021.


Six bed HMO complted in Shrewsbury.

January 2021

New six bed HMO completed in Shrewsbury, Shropshire following approval.

En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have received photographs from the owner of this new six bed house in multiple occupation following Planning & Building Control approval which En-Plan delivered for the project in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Please refer to our HMO page for more examples of success in this area.


Shropshire Office


Back Lane

Bomere Heath



Norfolk Office

34 Queen Elizabeth Avenue

Kings Lynn


PE30 4BX

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