Article 4 Directions

Change of Use in town centres: Article 4 Directions

The council has implemented several Article 4 Directions which remove permitted development rights to change the use of properties/premises in the identified protected shopping frontages from the uses specified to the uses specified below.

To carry out any of the following changes of use in properties/premises in the identified protected shopping frontages you’ll need to submit a planning application to the council and acquire planning permission. The proposed development will be assessed against the policies in our development plan  and any supporting guidance.

More information can be found in the supporting documents, including the full list of the areas the Directions apply to and the committee reports which sets out the reasons why the directions were introduced by the council.

From Use Class

To Use Class

A3 (restaurants and cafes)

A2 (financial and professional services such as banks, building societies, estate agents and employment agencies)

A4 (drinking establishments)

A5 (hot food take aways)

A1 (shops)

A flexible use falling within either class A1 (shops), class A2 (financial and professional services), A3 (restaurants and cafes), or class B1 (business)

A2 (financial and professional services)

A3 (restaurants and cafes)

A4 (drinking establishments)

A5 (hot food take aways)

B1 (business)

D1 (non-residential institutions)

D2 (assembly and leisure)

A1 (shops)

A2 (financial and professional services such as banks, building societies, estate agents and employment agencies)

Related documents for the Article 4 Directions to remove permitted development rights to change the use of a premises from A3 – A5 to A2 and from A1 – A5, B1 , D1 and D2 to flexible uses in protected shopping frontages (2014)

Related documents for the Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights to change the use of a premises from A1 to A2 in the identified protected shopping frontages.

Page last updated: 06 November 2017