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. We have 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 us for that development.


Public houses and bars

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

The Direction was confirmed by us 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 our planning policies.

The Direction was confirmed by us on 27 February 2017 and came into force on 23 August 2017.

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

An Article 4 Direction has been made to remove permitted development rights regarding the change of use from B1a use (offices) to C3 use (dwellinghouses). The Direction applies to the sites shown on the Schedule of Maps in the Article 4 Direction.  The effect of the Direction means that a change of use from  offices to residential in these locations will require planning permission and will be assessed against our Local Plan planning policies.

The Direction was confirmed by us on 26 February 2018 and came into force on 16 May 2018.



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