Current consultations

Article 4 Consultations

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:

Refer to the notice below for how to make representations on the direction. Consultation is open now until Friday
3 February 2017 at 5pm. 

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:

Refer to the notice below for how to make representations on the direction. Consultation is open now until Friday
3 February 2017 at 5pm

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.

The council has moved to create a non-immediate direction to withdraw these rights.