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

Non Immediate Article 4 Direction Approved by Council

The Direction was made by the Council on 2 November 2016 and shall come into force on or around the 5 November 2017.

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

Download all Hanworth ward directions here

Offices (B1a) to residential (C3) Class O 

Non Immediate Article 4 Direction Approved by Single Member Decision

The Direction was approved by council on 23 December 2016 and made on Thursday 5 January. The Direction will come into force from 6 January 2018 subject to consideration of any representations made and confirmation by council.  

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. 

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. 

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

Non Immediate Article 4 Direction Approved by Single Member Decision

The Direction was approved by the Council on 23 December 2016 and made on Thursday 5 January 2017. The Direction
will come into force from 6 January 2018 subject to consideration of any representations made and confirmation by
council.  

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.

Article 4 Directions allow the council to restrict certain permitted development rights. The PA class permitted
development right will apply to applications received on or after 1 October 2017.

The loss of office developments to residential is already affecting our employment sites and town centres and we
cannot afford to lose more employment land to residential in these areas. 

Therefore 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.