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)

An Article 4 Direction has been made 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 has 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.

The Direction was confirmed by the Council on 27 February 2017 and will come into force on 23 August 2017.

Change of use from B1a (offices) to C3 (dwellinghouses)

The proposed non-immediate Article 4 Direction is intended to remove permitted development rights for a change of use from offices (Class B1a) to dwellinghouses (Class C3). The Direction applies to the sites shown on the Schedule of Maps in the Article 4 Direction. Once in force, the effect of the Direction means that a change of use for offices to residential use in these locations will require planning permission, thereby giving protection from a change of use in accordance with the Local Plan, and allowing the Council to properly assess whether there is demand for these premises.

The Article 4 Direction and Article 4 Notice sets out the details of consultation.

Any representations concerning this Direction must be made as set out in the Article 4 Notice between 16 May 2017 and 13 June 2017.



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