Information and guidance

Exemptions from Permitted Development Rights

An ‘Article 4’ direction restricts the scope of Permitted Development Rights in relation to:

  • a particular area or site
  • a particular type of development

Where such a direction is in effect, a planning application may be required for development that would otherwise have been permitted development. There are two in effect which you can view as PDF files:

Employment Sites 2021

The Council is proposing to introduce an updated Article 4 Direction in order to protect certain employment sites across the Borough. 

The proposed updated Direction would have the effect of ensuring that permitted development rights which allow changes of use from offices to dwellinghouses would continue to be withdrawn in specified areas. Further, covering the same areas, the Article 4 Direction addresses new permitted developments rights which allow the demolition of a building used for offices, research and development, or light industrial, or any combination of those uses, and its replacement with a purpose built block of flats or a purpose built detached house. 

Details of the proposals and the Council’s consultation on the Direction can be found in the attachments below.

Previous Article 4 Directions

With effect from 6 November 2014, Permitted Development Rights for the change of use of offices to residential use in specified employment sites under Class J of Part 3 of Schedule 2 to The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended), were removed. The direction and map of the specified employment sites are shown in the attachments below.