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 permission? page and on the Permitted development rights page on the Planning Portal.

Councils can use Article 4 directions to remove permitted development rights.

You can see details of the Article 4 directions in force, the permitted development rights they remove, and the areas affected below.


Church Circle Article 4 direction

On 4 July 2019, we made an pdf icon Article 4 direction for Church Circle in Farnborough [1Mb] to remove some permitted development rights at certain properties.

Church Circle is part of the South Farnborough conservation area.

The Article 4 direction allows us to protect the architectural and historic character of this part of the conservation area, by requiring property owners to make a planning application for the:

  • Replacement of windows
  • Removal / alteration of chimneys
  • Alteration of front boundary walls
  • Conversion of front garden areas to provide off-street parking

The direction came into force on 5 July 2019 but will expire on 5 January 2020, unless we make it permanent.

Properties affected by this Article 4 direction

Article 4 direction map - Church Circle, Farnborough Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

pdf icon Church Circle Article 4 direction map [1Mb]

Your views on the Church Circle Article 4 direction

Between 5 July and 28 July 2019, we held a consultation and invited your views on the Article 4 direction.

We will now review all the responses we received before deciding if we should make the direction permanent.

Read more about the Article 4 direction:


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 2017, 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 2017.

The direction came into force on 19 February 2018.

Sites covered by the Article 4 direction for employment land

  • 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 Employment land Article 4 direction maps [15Mb].

Our arguments for introducing the Article 4 direction for employment land

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.


Pinewood Park Article 4 direction

On 14 February 1978, an pdf icon Article 4 direction [1Mb] was made, which removes some permitted development rights from properties at Pinewood Park in Farnborough.

The direction allows us to protect the character and appearance of the area by requiring property owners to make a planning application for the:

  • Enlargement, improvement or other alteration of their homes
  • Erection or construction of porches outside an external door
  • Provision, maintenance, improvement or other alteration of a building or enclosure as part of the enjoyment of their home
  • Erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of gates, fences, walls or other means of enclosure.

You can view a copy of the direction and a map of the affected properties below:

Hart District Council originally made the direction, as Pinewood Park was in Hart district.

 
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