Student village to house 1000 students in Southampton Article 4 area

The NLA’s representative for Southampton, Mark Richardson, shares his views on Southampton City Council’s decision to build a new student village in an area covered by an Article 4 Direction.
The NLA’s representative for Southampton, Mark Richardson, shares his views on Southampton City Council’s decision to build a new student village in an area covered by an Article 4 Direction.

The NLA’s representative for Southampton, Mark Richardson, shares his views on Southampton City Council’s decision to build a new student village in an area covered by an Article 4 Direction.

Those of you living in and around Southampton will know that an Article 4 Direction was introduced across the city in March this year. The aim of the Direction was to create balanced communities throughout the city and in the Bargate ward of Southampton, the Article 4 Direction was enforced to limit the growth of the student population in the area.

One of many great things about Southampton is its student population and the diversity this brings to the city. The city also benefits from the revenue students generate – the custom they bring to the local shops, bars and cafes and the rental revenue they bring to local landlords. However, the introduction of the Article 4 Direction means that student communities who bring income and vibrancy to the city will be pushed out of the city, into other areas.

This problem seems to be apparent to Southampton City Council as they have just received planning permission to build a student village to house 1000 students in the Bargate area.

However, this plan seems to contradict the purpose of the Article 4 Direction, limiting the student population in the area. With an already high concentration of students living in Bargate, it seems to me that the Council has contradicted their original intention to limit the number of students in one area under the Direction they put in place only months ago.

As a landlord in Southampton, I am left wondering why the Article 4 Direction was introduced in the first place and why the Council wanted to limit the number of students in the Bargate area only to build their own student accommodation.

What do you think? Has this happened in your area?

 

4 thoughts on “Student village to house 1000 students in Southampton Article 4 area

  1. It can never be acceptable for a local council to behave as if they believe they are beyond accountability for compliance with their own rules.
    In this case they seem to have demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the very Article 4 direction they introduced. If this is Southampton’s version of Localism in action, it is ugly and biased thing, which should be challenged.

  2. Mark

    Nottingham introduced Article 4 last March as well. Due to the economic downturn, lots of building in the city centre have been sitting empty for a while (including the Odeon Cinema). Planning permission is being to large swathes of these building to be converted or demolished and then use changed to student accommodation.

    The article 4 directive should have been worded much more pertinently to state that its the councils intention to limit more HMOs in the PRS sector. Institutional accommodation suits local residents as it keeps the problems of student tenants confined to purpose built areas

    Worrying times for private student landlords

  3. I agree that approval would be a u-turn.

    I am agrieved that I do not have the choice to rent my house to whom I wish (whereas my neighbours can). I live in Highfield and am moving abroad for a short period.The cost differential between letting to a family and 4 sharers is 50% (£600); furthermore if I chose to sell, the market for buyers of my house is restricted and commands a lower value than one with a license.

    It is a completly ill conceived policy, unfair and discrimitory.

    What to do?

  4. Manchester has a policy of preventing new student house-shares, using its Art4 Direction, whilst encouraging Private Halls.
    My question is how do we encourage young people to be responsible members of society if we don’t let them live in that society.
    Ghettoising them in purpose built halls won’t teach them to manage bills, respect their neighbours and put out the recycling bins!

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