Article 4 Directions

An Article 4 Direction is made by the local planning authority. It restricts the scope of permitted development rights either in relation to a particular area or site, or a particular type of development anywhere in the authority's area. The Council has powers under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 to remove permitted development rights.

Article 4 Directions are used to remove national permitted development rights only in certain limited situations where it is necessary to protect local amenity or the well being of an area. An Article 4 Direction does not prevent the development to which it applies, but instead requires that planning permission is first obtained from the Council for that development.

Public houses and bars

A Direction has been made in relation to 120 pubs and bars. 

The Direction was confirmed by the Council on 28 November 2016.

Change of use from A1 (shops) to A2 (financial and professional services)

A non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights regarding the change of use from A1 use (shops) to A2 use (financial and professional services). The Direction applies to the protected shopping frontages listed in the Article 4 Direction and will have the effect that changes of use from A1 to A2 use will need planning permission and will be assessed against the Council’s planning policies.

Representations concerning this Direction were held from 22 August to 19 September 2016.

The Direction was confirmed by the Council on 27 February 2017.

Notification of the Confirmation will be advertised on 8 March 2017 in the Wandsworth Guardian. Notifications will be posted in areas that pertain to the Direction from 5 March 2017 for a minimum of 6 weeks.

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