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 These rights can be withdrawn under Article 4(1) of the order if there is a justification for both its purpose and extent.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

The Direction relates to the following sites in Newhaven

Avis Way
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Beach Road Trading Estate
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Bevan Funnell
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Denton Island
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Eastside North
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Eastside South
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Railway Road Industrial Estate
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Town Centre
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When do they take effect?

A non-immediate Article 4 direction has been proposed under Article 4(1) to withdraw PD rights after 12 months’ notice. This was approved by Lewes District Council Planning Applications Committee on 11th October 2017 and confirmed by Planning Applications Committee on 27th June 2018 and will come into force on 5th November 2018, removing PD rights for any changes of use listed above.

Further Information

You can read the 11th October 2017 and 27th June 2018 Planning Committee Report and minutes confirming the making of the Article 4 direction and the Public Notice.

The reasons for the Article direction are set out in more detail in the Newhaven Employment Land Review Update 2017 carried out by Lichfield’s Consultants.

You can view the areas affected by the Article 4 direction on the Schedule of Maps.