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

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.    

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