Basing View Commercial to Residential Article 4 Direction

The council has made a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights that allow the change of use from commercial uses to residential in Basing View and is currently consulting on those proposals.

The council made the Article 4 Direction on 25 September 2021 and served notice of the Direction on 27 September 2021.

If you would like to comment on the Direction, representations can be made in writing for a seven week period finishing at 4pm on 15 November 2021. Further details about how to comment are set out below.

Once the consultation has finished, the council will take any views expressed into account before deciding whether to confirm the Direction. Should the Direction be confirmed, it will come into force and apply to planning applications submitted on and after 26 September 2021.

What is an Article 4 Direction?

The government has established permitted development rights that allow some commercial buildings to be converted into residential accommodation without the need to submit a full planning application. Although an application for ‘prior approval’ is still required, the Local Planning Authority is only able to take a limited range of considerations into account through this process.

However, the regulations allow councils to serve an Article 4 Direction to remove such permitted development rights where this is considered appropriate and can be justified. In such areas it would still be possible to convert commercial buildings to residential, but it would be necessary to submit a full planning application.

Why is the council serving an Article 4 Direction?

Basing View is already subject to an Article 4 Direction which removes permitted development rights to convert offices to residential, but this will cease to have effect after 31 July 2022. The new Article 4 Direction would renew the protection for offices and other commercial uses falling within Class E of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended).

Why does the council consider an Article 4 Direction to be necessary?

A report explaining the reasons for serving the Article 4 Direction can be viewed here.

How can I comment on the Article 4 Direction?

If you would like to comment on the Article 4 Direction, please submit comments in writing by 4pm on Monday 15 November. Comments can be submitted in the following ways:

  • By email to local.plan@basingstoke.gov.uk
  • By post to Planning Policy, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4AH

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