Article 4 Directions

Existing Planning Policy Article 4 Directions

Removal of Office, Light Industrial and Storage or Distribution Centres permitted development rights to residential.

The Council wants to be able to manage the development of office, light industrial and storage and distribution premises across the borough.  It has therefore removed some permitted development rights, meaning planning permission will now be required. This will ensure that business occupiers do not continue to be displaced where their accommodation is viable for its continued use. It will also prevent wider industrial areas being compromised. It will also prevent planned developments identified in the Development Plan potentially being undermined.

It confirmed two Article 4 Directions on 3 July 2018.

An overview map (.pdf, 942.5kB) shows their locations in the Borough. 

Wembley Growth Area Article 4 Direction for B1a (offices) to C3 dwellinghouses

Alperton Growth Area, Strategic Industrial Land and Locally Significant Industrial Sites Article 4 Direction for B1a (offices), B1c (light industrial) and B8 (storage or distribution centre) to C3 dwellinghouses Consultation

For the remainder of the borough (not including the part where Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation is the Local Planning Authority) a further Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights for office and light industrial to turn into residential dwellings was confirmed on 22 October 2020.  This will require planning permission to be obtained from 1 November 2020.

Residential dwellings to houses in multiple occupation

The Council made an Article 4 direction to remove permitted development rights to allow change of use from dwellings into smaller houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).  HMOs are small shared houses occupied by between three and six unrelated individuals, as their only or main residence, who share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.

This Article 4 was meant to come into effect from 1 November 2020.  However, the Council has made no formal decision to confirm this Article 4, so it will not come into effect from then.  The Council is unlikely to confirm the Article 4 in its present form. It is more likely that another Article 4 will be made that will only apply to parts of the borough.  This and the decision on the likely revoking of the made Article 4 below will be taken by the Council’s Cabinet sometime in 2021.

Article 4 Direction for C3 dwelling houses to C4 Houses in Multiple Occupation Consultation

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