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Article 4 Directions

What are Article 4 Directions? 

Permitted development rights in national planning legislation allow certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application. An Article 4 Direction removes certain permitted development rights for a specific property or area, meaning a planning permission from the Council will be needed should someone wish to carry out the prescribed development. Such an application will then be assessed like any other, against the relevant policies in the development plan and material considerations. 

Further information on permitted development and Article 4 Directions can be found on the national Planning Portal

Confirmed Article 4 Direction – offices to residential

The council has confirmed one Article 4 direction to remove permitted development from offices (B1(a) use class) to residential (C3 use class). This was approved by the Mayor in Cabinet on 30 January 2018 and came into force on 1 June 2019. 

The Article 4 direction and supporting information (in pdf format) are available to view below:

Proposed Article 4 Directions

The Council is proposing to introduce two new Article 4 Directions that will remove certain permitted development rights.  You can find out more about the proposed Directions and how to have your say, below.

Changes of use from residential dwellings to small houses in multiple occupation

An Article 4 Direction is proposed that would remove existing permitted development rights and would require a planning application to be submitted for proposals to dwellinghouses (C3 use class) to small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) accommodating between 3 and 6 people (C4 use class).  This direction would apply to the whole of Tower Hamlets.

If confirmed, the Article 4 Direction would enable the Council to use its planning powers to manage the future development of small scale HMOs and for local people to have their say on individual planning applications.

The following documents are available to view or download:

Public Notice

Article 4 direction

Map

Justification Report for Article 4 direction

Equalities Impact Assessment - Equality assurance checklist

 

Changes of use from certain town centre uses to residential

An Article 4 Direction is being proposed that would remove existing permitted development rights and would require a planning application to convert shops (A1 use class), financial and professional services (A2 use class), betting offices or pay day loan shops (including buildings where these uses are combined with residential) to a residential dwelling.

This direction would apply to the Central Activity Zone, activity areas and town centres defined in Tower Hamlets Local Plan.  You can see a map of the areas affected on the link below.

If confirmed, the Article 4 Direction would enable the Council to use its planning powers to manage future changes within the network of town centres and for local people to have their say on individual planning applications.

The following documents are available to view or download:

Public Notice

Article 4 direction

Map

Justification Report for Article 4 direction

Equalities Impact Assessment - Equality assurance checklist

 

Have your say

We are seeking comments on both the proposed Article 4 Directions above. The consultation will run between 15 August 2019 and 26 September 2019.

To have your say, please e-mail us at planmaking@towerhamlets.gov.uk  or write to us at:

FREEPOST,

Strategic Planning,

London Borough of Tower Hamlets,

PO Box 55739,

London,

E14 2BG

The closing date for comments is 23:59 on 26 September 2019.

The Mayor will consider the comments we receive at a Cabinet meeting in December this year and take them into account to determine whether to confirm the proposed Directions.

If the Article 4 Directions are confirmed they would come into force on 1 January 2021.