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

We confirmed on 22 February 2021 directions at the following main employment areas under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended):

  • Lowfield Heath
  • Maidenbower Business Park
  • Three Bridges Corridor
  • Tilgate Forest Business Centre  

The directions remove permitted development rights that previously allowed change of use of buildings from office (Class B1a), light industrial (Class B1c) or storage and distribution centre (Class B8) uses to residential (Class C3) use without the need for planning permission. With the directions now in force, planning permission will be required where a change of use is proposed from office (Class B1a), light industrial (Class B1c) or storage and distribution (Class B8) to residential (Class C3) use.

For further information, please email Strategic 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.