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Article 4 Directions

What are Article 4 Directions? 

Permitted development rights allow certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a full planning application. An Article 4 Direction removes particular permitted development rights for a specific property or area, meaning a full planning application will be required 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 supporting guidance. 

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

Article 4 Directions in Tower Hamlets 

 The council has currently made one Article 4 direction to remove permitted development from offices to residential (B1(a) to C3). We are consulting on this Article 4 direction until 23:59 on 12 November 2017.  Full details can be viewed below. 

Offices (B1(a) to residential (C3)

We have made a direction under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning  (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 to remove permitted development rights related to changes of use from offices to residential (use class B1(a) to C3) in particular parts of the borough.  

There are existing areas of exemption from this form of permitted development within the borough, which will cease on 31 May 2019. This Article 4 direction will ensure that protection of offices within those areas, as well as some additional areas of important economic activity, will be maintained in future. The boundaries are outlined on the maps below.    

A period of statutory public consultation is currently being undertaken. Should you wish to make a representation, please write to us using the contact details below. We must have received representations by 11.59pm on 12 November 2017 in order for them to be considered.

Subject to consideration of any representations received, it is anticipated that the Article 4 direction will be confirmed in early 2018 and will come into force on 1 June 2019. 

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