What is an Article 4 Direction?
An Article 4 Direction is a direction under Article 4 of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 which enables us to withdraw specified permitted development rights across a defined area. Permitted development rights are a national grant of planning permission which allows certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application.
You will need planning permission from us for the type of development affected by an Article 4 Direction.
What have we done?
On 25 July 2016 we made an Article 4 Direction withdrawing permitted development rights for ‘Class O’ permitted development. Class O of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 relates to change of use from office (Use Class B1a) to residential (Use Class C3).
We consulted on the Article 4 Direction from 29 July 2016 and 23 September 2016 and following consideration of the representations received, the direction was confirmed on 7 April 2017.
The Article 4 Direction applies to the whole of Brixton town centre, some sites in Clapham town centre, and the whole or part of ten areas known as ‘Key Industrial and Business Areas’ (KIBAs).
We are sending notification of the confirmation of the direction to affected property owners and occupiers.
When does the Article 4 Direction come into force?
The Article 4 Direction came into force on 15 September 2017.
How will the Article 4 Direction affect me?
If your property is covered by the Article 4 Direction, you will need to apply for planning permission if you wish to make a change of use from office to residential from 15 September 2017.
No fee will be payable if the Article 4 Direction is the only reason you need to apply for planning permission.
Projects for which Class O prior approval is obtained before 15 September 2017 will not be affected by the Article 4 Direction and your prior approval will still be valid.
Where can I get further information?
You can inspect a copy of the Article 4 Direction and the maps at the Planning Department at Phoenix House Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm.