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 [12Mb] 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.

Between 10 February and 24 March, we held a consultation and invited your views on the Article 4 direction. After reviewing the responses received, we decided that the direction should come into force. We confirmed the direction on 25 May.

The direction will come into force on 19 February 2018.

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].

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.

 
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