What is an Article 4 Direction?
An Article 4 direction enables the local planning authority to withdraw permitted development (PD) rights including changes of use from an area or a particular property.
PD rights are a national grant of planning permission which allow certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. These rights can be withdrawn under Article 4(1) of the order if there is a justification for both its purpose and extent.
Proposed Article 4 direction
Two non-immediate Article 4 direction have been proposed for the removal of PD rights for the following changes of use:
- Light industrial to residential use
- Office to residential use