Article 4 Direction Consultation

Published 14:44 - 07/07/2021 Updated 15:54 - 07/07/2021

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Hello, and welcome to OPDC's home for the Article 4 Direction Consultation.

You can submit comments from 8th July 2021!

The Government has introduced new 'permitted development rights' that allow owners to convert their property from industrial or commercial space to a residential use without the need for planning permission. OPDC is proposing to protect employment uses in our area by putting in place an Article 4 Direction to remove these permitted development rights from certain properties.

Before we introduce the Article 4 Direction, we're holding a public consultation to get you an opportunity to view the proposals and provide feedback.

What's being consulted on?

We are inviting comments on the proposal to introduce an Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights to change Class E (Commercial, Business and Service) to Class C3 (Residential) in parts of the OPDC area. Class E includes:

  • Shops
  • Financial and professional services
  • Food and drink
  • Offices
  • Light industrial
  • Research and development of products and processes
  • Some health/community infrastructure (clinics, health centres, creches, nurseries, day centre)
  • Some indoor recreation uses

Further guidance on the use classes and rules regarding these permitted development rights can be found on the Planning Portal.

How and where can you find out more information?

You can find a copy of the Article 4 Direction including a map of the affected area, Notices about the Article 4 Direction, answers to Frequently Asked Questions and more on the right of this page.

We appreciate that not everyone prefers, or is able to use the internet for public consultation, so a paper copy is also available at:

  • City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA (please email article4@opdc.london.gov.uk to arrange an appointment)
  • Brent Hub Community Enterprise Centre, 6 Hillside, London, NW10 8BN
  • The Collective, Nash House, Old Oak Lane, London, NW10 6FF

How can you submit comments?

Between 8th -30th July 2021, you can submit your comments as follows:

  • At the "Submit your comments here" section (available below from 8th July)
  • By email to article4@opdc.london.gov.uk
  • By post to Article 4 Consultation, OPDC, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA

You can also request printed copies of the consultation materials or ask the team questions by emailing us using the details above or calling us on 020 7983 6520.

Hello, and welcome to OPDC's home for the Article 4 Direction Consultation.

You can submit comments from 8th July 2021!

The Government has introduced new 'permitted development rights' that allow owners to convert their property from industrial or commercial space to a residential use without the need for planning permission. OPDC is proposing to protect employment uses in our area by putting in place an Article 4 Direction to remove these permitted development rights from certain properties.

Before we introduce the Article 4 Direction, we're holding a public consultation to get you an opportunity to view the proposals and provide feedback.

What's being consulted on?

We are inviting comments on the proposal to introduce an Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights to change Class E (Commercial, Business and Service) to Class C3 (Residential) in parts of the OPDC area. Class E includes:

  • Shops
  • Financial and professional services
  • Food and drink
  • Offices
  • Light industrial
  • Research and development of products and processes
  • Some health/community infrastructure (clinics, health centres, creches, nurseries, day centre)
  • Some indoor recreation uses

Further guidance on the use classes and rules regarding these permitted development rights can be found on the Planning Portal.

How and where can you find out more information?

You can find a copy of the Article 4 Direction including a map of the affected area, Notices about the Article 4 Direction, answers to Frequently Asked Questions and more on the right of this page.

We appreciate that not everyone prefers, or is able to use the internet for public consultation, so a paper copy is also available at:

  • City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA (please email article4@opdc.london.gov.uk to arrange an appointment)
  • Brent Hub Community Enterprise Centre, 6 Hillside, London, NW10 8BN
  • The Collective, Nash House, Old Oak Lane, London, NW10 6FF

How can you submit comments?

Between 8th -30th July 2021, you can submit your comments as follows:

  • At the "Submit your comments here" section (available below from 8th July)
  • By email to article4@opdc.london.gov.uk
  • By post to Article 4 Consultation, OPDC, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA

You can also request printed copies of the consultation materials or ask the team questions by emailing us using the details above or calling us on 020 7983 6520.