Have your say on the making of three Article 4 Directions for changes of use from Class E (commercial, business and service) to C3 (dwellinghouses) 2021

We want your views on the making of three Article 4 Directions for changes of use from Class E (commercial, business and service) to C3 (dwellinghouses) 2021. The consultation runs from 2 August 2021 to 27 September 2021. Please share your views with us by email, post or on-line survey. **UPDATE:** End of consultation report attached.

Open date: Monday, 2 August 2021 at 9.00am Close date: Monday, 27 September 2021 at 11.59am Type: Consultation Neighbourhood: Lambeth wide Category:
  • Planning and building control


Please note this consultation is closed

Have your say on the making of three Article 4 Directions for changes of use from Class E (commercial, business and service) to C3 (dwellinghouses) 2021

The proposal

The Council has made three non-immediate Article 4 directions to remove the new Class MA permitted development right in the following locations:

  • The London Plan Central Activities Zone as it relates to Lambeth.
  • Land in Key Industrial and Business Areas not falling within the Brixton Creative Enterprise Zone or the Central Activities Zone, and the West Norwood Creative Business Cluster.
  • Selected town centre locations: the Brixton Creative Enterprise Zone, which includes Brixton town centre; Streatham town centre; Clapham High Street primary shopping area and nine locations in and around Clapham High Street town centre; and the West Norwood/Tulse Hill primary shopping area.

The Council is required to undertake public consultation on the making of the Article 4 directions for a period of at least 21 days.  Lambeth is extending this period to 8 weeks to allow more time for submission of representations.

Background information / Purpose of consultation

In March 2021 the government introduced new legislation setting out that as of 1st August 2021, the conversion of Class E (commercial, business and service) floorspace to Class C3 (dwellinghouses) will be deemed permitted development, and therefore does not need planning permission. 

Lambeth Council is now seeking to make exemptions so that Class E floorspace in specific locations in Lambeth do not benefit from this new permitted development right, through the introduction of three non-immediate Article 4 Directions. 

The intention is that once confirmed, these will replace the council’s existing Article 4 Directions removing permitted development rights for conversion of office floorspace to dwellinghouses. Notice is also given by press advertisement, site notices and on Lambeth’s website.

If confirmed, the Article 4 Directions will come into effect on 1st August 2022.  

If you are submitting comments on behalf of another party, please make clear who you are representing.

Each article 4 direction will have its own webpage:

If you wish to look at the Directions themselves, including maps of the affected land, these can be viewed online at www.lambeth.gov.uk/article4direction or they can be inspected in person by sending an email to planningpolicy@lambeth.gov.uk and arranging a time to view them at Lambeth Civic Centre, 6 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1EG between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm Mondays to Fridays.

Documents relevant to this consultation are listed below:

Next steps after consultation closes

Once the consultation concludes, the council will consider all representations received before deciding whether or not to proceed to confirm the directions. 

How to respond

Please share your views by completing our short online survey:

Article 4 Directions Survey

By email:

Sending in comments by post to:

Planning Policy
London Borough of Lambeth,
Planning Transport & Development
PO Box 734
SO23 5DG


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