Article 4 Directions

Article 4(2) directions for Bedford Park and Gunnersbury Conservation areas

Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, the Council has made 'Article 4 directions' which cover all properties in the Bedford Park and Gunnersbury Park conservation areas. The effect of the directions (in addition to standard conservation area controls) is that owners also need to apply for planning permission to make many other changes to their properties. This does not mean that the Council will necessarily refuse permission, but enables it to exercise greater for the following reasons.

The Council has made the directions to protect the best features on individual buildings and to ensure that any proposed alterations are in the best interests of the character of the conservation area. This may include removal of previous unsympathetic alterations where permission is needed to make changes.

Usually, the owner of a house in a conservation area can carry out considerable alterations to the property without the Council's permission. In some cases, these 'permitted' changes can harm the area's character if not carried out using appropriate details or materials (in the case of such features as windows, doors, roofs, perches, etc.) or to an excessive scale.

If an application for planning permission is required because of an Article 4 Direction, there is no fee for the planning application involved.

Details of the properties affected by the two Directions and what householders can and cannot do the their properties can be downloaded from the links below:

Article 4(2) directions for Bedford Park and Gunnersbury Park Conservation Area
Schedule Bedford Park
Schedule Gunnersbury Park

Dwellinghouses (C3) to small HMOs (C4) – Hanworth ward

On 4 November 2016, Hounslow Council gave notice of the making of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from a dwellinghouse (C3) to a house in multiple occupancy (C4) within Hanworth Ward.

On 29 November 2017, Hounslow Council confirmed the non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from a dwellinghouse (C3) to a house in multiple occupancy (C4) within Hanworth Ward. This Article 4 Direction came into effect on 12 January 2018.

A copy of the Direction, including a map defining the area covered, is available below:

Consultation was undertaken from 4 November to 16 December 2016.

Offices (B1a) to residential (C3) Class O 

On 5 January 2017, Hounslow Council gave notice of the making of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from office (B1a) to residential (C3).

On 10 January 2018, Hounslow Council confirmed the non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from B1(a) offices to residential (C3). This Article 4 Direction came into effect on 11 January 2018.

Article 4 Directions allow the Council to restrict certain permitted development rights. In this case, a significant number of exercises of these rights has taken place under ‘Class O’ or conversion of B1a office space to residential (C3). The conversion of offices within employment designations is considered inappropriate and
conflicts with Local Plan objectives. Therefore, the Council has moved to create a non-immediate withdrawal of these rights to protect office space in the borough. 

A copy of the Direction, including maps defining the area covered, is available below:

Consultation was undertaken from Friday 6 January to Friday 3 February 2017. 

Light industrial (B1c) to residential (C3) Class PA

On 5 January 2017, Hounslow Council gave notice of the making of a non-immediate Article 4 to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from light industrial (B1c) to residential (C3).

On 10 January 2018, Hounslow Council confirmed the non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from Light industrial (B1c) to residential (C3). This Article 4 Direction came into effect on 11 January 2018.

The loss of office developments to residential uses is already affecting the Borough’s employment sites and town centres.  The conversion of light industrial within employment designations is considered inappropriate and conflicts with Local Plan objectives. Therefore, the council has moved to create a non-immediate direction to withdraw these rights. A copy of the Direction, including a map defining the area covered, is available below:

Consultation was undertaken from Friday 6 January to Friday 3 February 2017.

 

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