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Article 4 Directions

Article 4 directions are a planning tool that removes permitted development rights which would otherwise enable specified classes of alteration, or changes of use to be made to an existing building without the need for planning permission. Where an Article 4 direction is in place, planning permission is required to undertake the specified alteration or change of use. 

Lowfield Heath, Maidenbower Business Park, Three Bridges Corridor, and Tilgate Forest Business Centre

On 17 February 2020, we made directions under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended).

The directions have been made in response to permitted development rights that currently allow the change of use of buildings from office (Class B1a), light industrial (Class B1c) and storage & distribution centres (Class B8) use to residential (Class C3) without the need for planning permission.

When in force, the Article 4 directions will remove these permitted development rights and planning permission will be required where a change of use is proposed from office (Class B1a), light industrial (Class B1c) or storage & distribution (Class B8) to residential (Class C3) use.

Four separate Article 4 directions have been made, in relation to the Main Employment Areas at Lowfield Heath, Maidenbower Business Park, Three Bridges Corridor, and Tilgate Forest Business Centre.

Comment on the Directions

We have chosen to pursue non-immediate Article 4 directions, which are subject to a 12 month notification period, including a statutory period during which feedback is invited.

If you would like to comment on the Article 4 Directions, representations can be made in writing between 17 February 2020 and 17 May 2020. You can send your written representation to: Forward Planning, Crawley Borough Council, Town Hall, The Boulevard, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1UZ or email Forward Planning.

We will consider representations when deciding whether to confirm the Directions. Subject to feedback, the Directions should come into force on 22 February 2021.

The Directions can be viewed via the links below:

For further information, please email Forward Planning or call 01293 438761.

Manor Royal specific Article 4 Directions

Offices (B1)(a) to Residential (C3), and Storage and Distribution (B8) to Residential (C3)

On 29 July 2016, we confirmed the making of Directions at Manor Royal under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015. The Directions remove permitted development rights that previously allowed the change of use of buildings from Office (B1a) or Storage & Distribution (B8) to residential use (C3) without the need to obtain planning permission. The Article 4 Directions apply to the Manor Royal main employment area as identified on the Local Plan Map and as set out below. This means that inside the Manor Royal main employment area, planning permission is required where any change of use of buildings from Office (B1a) or Storage & Distribution (B8) uses to Residential use is proposed.

Light Industrial (B1c) to Residential (C3)

On 16 October 2017, we confirmed the making of a Direction at Manor Royal under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended). The Direction removes a temporary permitted development right that previously allowed the change of use of buildings from light industrial (B1c) to residential use (C3) without the requirement to obtain planning permission. The Article 4 Direction applies to the Manor Royal main employment area as identified on the Local Plan Map and as set out below. This means that inside the Manor Royal main employment area, planning permission is required where any change of use of buildings from light industrial (Class B1c) to residential (Class C3) use is proposed.

Land at Westfield Place

On 10 December 2004, we confirmed the making of a Direction at Land at Westfield Place under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended). The Direction removes permitted development rights that would otherwise allow the erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of a gate, wall, fence or other means of enclosure.