Article 4 directions and planning permission
Article 4 directions allow us to require planning permission for certain developments in Aldershot and Farnborough that would not otherwise need it.
Although planning permission is normally needed to change the use of a building or land, some changes of use do not require planning permission.
These forms of development are called permitted development. You can find more details about permitted development on our Do I need planning or building control permission? page and on the Permitted development rights page on the Planning Portal.
Councils can use Article 4 directions to remove permitted development rights.
Article 4 directions under consultation
On 10 February 2017, we made an Article 4 direction [102kb] to remove the permitted development rights that allow developers to change the use of offices, storage or distribution units, or light industrial units to homes without planning permission.
Sites covered by the Article 4 direction
- Blackwater Trading Estate
- Civil Enclave
- East Aldershot Industrial Cluster
- Eelmoor Road
- Farnborough Aerospace Park
- Farnborough Business Park
- Frimley Business Park
- Hawley Lane East
- Hawley Lane West
- Hollybush Lane
- Invincible Road Industrial Estate
- Lynchford Lane
- Redan Road Industrial Estate
- Rotunda Estate
- Southwood Business Park
- Spectrum Point
- Wyndham Street
You can also see the areas covered in the Article 4 direction maps [15Mb].
Your views on the Article 4 direction
We would like your views on the Article 4 direction. Our consultation runs for six weeks from 10 February 2017 to 24 March 2017.
If you would like to comment, please email or write to us using the contact details on this page.
Why we are introducing the Article 4 direction
We believe it is important that Aldershot and Farnborough have a strong portfolio of employment sites to support and encourage economic growth and that the Article 4 direction will help retain and attract businesses, jobs and investment.
Our arguments for introducing the Article 4 direction are set out in our Cabinet report on Article 4 direction for employment land [592kb] of 15 November 2015.
Our intention is that the direction will come into force on 19 February 2018.