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 direction for employment land

On 10 February 2017, we made an pdf icon 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.

The pdf icon Article 4 direction [102kb] covers the Strategic Employment Sites and the Locally Important Employment Sites identified within the draft Rushmoor Local Plan.

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
  • Springlakes
  • Wyndham Street

You can also see the areas covered in the pdf icon Article 4 direction maps [15Mb].

Consultation on the Article 4 direction

Between 10 February 2017 and 24 March 2017, we held a consultation and invited your views on the Article 4 direction.

We will now review all the responses received, before deciding whether the direction should come into force.

Our arguments for 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 pdf icon Cabinet report on Article 4 direction for employment land [592kb] of 15 November 2016.

If we decide that the direction will happen, we intend for it to come into force on 19 February 2018.

 
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