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Article 4 Directions

An Article 4 Direction allows the Secretary of State or the local planning authority to withdraw specified permitted development rights across a defined area. For more information see Article 4 of the General Permitted Development Order.

Change of use to a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

If you're considering changing a residential dwelling (in use class C3) to an HMO (in use class C4), you will need to apply for planning permission. This is because we have withdrawn permitted development rights for this type of development through an Article 4 Direction (PDF).

Conservation areas

To protect particularly important features in a conservation area, we may issue an Article 4 Direction. This means that if you're planning any development, you will have to submit a planning application for certain works that would not normally require it. You will find links to Article 4 Directions in the relevant conservation area pages.

Office to residential use

We are working on a new Article 4 Direction to bring under planning control the change of use from office to residential use in certain parts of the borough. This is in response to permitted development rights introduced by the government in 2013.

Government guidance states that an Article 4 Direction to remove national permitted development rights should be limited to where it is necessary to protect local amenity or wellbeing. The potential harm that the direction is intended to address needs to be identified, and there should be strong justification for a new Article 4.

It is now common practice to limit Article 4 Directions for office to residential use to defined areas rather than whole boroughs.

Details of the supporting evidence and proposed area boundaries for any new Article 4 Direction will be available through the consultation process.

A new Labour group Article 4 implementation working party has been set up. Membership includes lead officers and:

  • Cllr Aksanoglu
  • Cllr Bond
  • Cllr Gunawardena
  • Cllr Savva

We will update the website as work progresses.