Article 4 Directions

Article 4 Directions are a means by which a local planning authority can bring within planning control certain types of development, or changes of use, which would normally be ‘permitted development’ (i.e. not require an application for planning permission).

An article 4 Direction removes permitted development rights and requires a planning application to be submitted.


Article 4 Directions relating to Gunnels Wood and Pin Green Employment areas

The Borough Council is currently consulting on the making of three Article 4 Directions relating to development within the Gunnels Wood and Pin Green Employment Areas.

The Directions seek to protect existing employment uses within the Gunnels Wood and Pin Green Employment Areas. They would remove permitted development rights currently in place, or due to come into force.

  • Two Directions remove the permitted development rights for changes of use from B1(a) (offices) to C3 (dwelling houses). The Borough Council was previously granted an exemption from this permitted development right by the Government for some areas of Gunnels Wood. The exemption is due to be revoked in May 2019. The first of these two Directions covers those currently exempt areas. The second covers all other parts of Gunnels Wood and Pin Green.
  • The third Direction removes the PD rights for changes of use from B1(c) (light industrial) to C3 (dwelling houses). This right is due to come into force in October 2017.
    Notices of each of these Directions can be viewed via the links below. The Article 4 Directions, including a map to show the areas affected by each Direction, can also be viewed below.

B1(a) to C3 (non-exempt areas)

B1(a) to C3 (exempt areas)

B1(C) to C3

Further information on these Directions can be found below:

Copies of the Directions can also be viewed at the Council Offices in Danestrete, Stevenage Central Library at Southgate and the Old Town Library at 38 High Street.

The consultation was held from Thursday 15 June until Thursday 13 July 2017. We are currently considering the response that we received. A decision as to whether or not to confirm the Direction will be taken later in the year. 


Article 4 Direction: relating to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

The Borough Council has made a non-immediate Article 4 Direction, which removes permitted development rights for changes of use from C3 (residential) to C4 (HMO). The Article 4 direction was made on 19 September 2016 and was confirmed on 24 May 2017. The Direction will come into force on 20 September 2017.

A copy of the Direction can also be viewed at Stevenage Borough Council Offices in Danestrete, Stevenage Central Library at Southgate and the Old Town Library at 38 High Street.

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Contact

Planning Policy Team
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Hertfordshire
SG1 1HN

Telephone number 01438 242823
Email: planningpolicy@stevenage.gov.uk