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Article 4 Directions

Railway Arches

The council confirmed Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights relating to the conversion of railway arches to residential dwellings on 27 October 2016. This is to ensure residential amenity is protected.

The Article 4 Direction removes the right for railway arches to be converted to residential dwellings (Class C3) from:

  • betting shops and payday loan shops or laundrette (sui generis) - relates to Permitted Development Right Class M
  • B1a (office) - relates to Permitted Development Right Class O

If you want to convert your railway arch from any of the above uses to residential dwellings, you'll now need to apply to the council for planning permission. You'll need to do this by submitting a planning application and the proposed development would be assessed against the policies in our development plan and any supporting guidance.

Article 4 Directions 2021

Further to the existing Article 4 Directions, Southwark Council made non-immediate and immediate Article 4 directions to remove the right for railway arches to be converted to residential dwellings from Class E.

The first Article 4 Direction is non-immediate and will come into effect 1 August 2022 as the existing Article 4 Direction (Class O) expires on 31 July 2022. This relates to changes of use from office use (Class E) to residential (Class C3), under Class MA in railway arches.

The second Article 4 Direction is immediate and is in effect on 1 August 2021. This withdraws the permitted development rights under Class MA. This means changes of use from Commercial, Business and Leisure (Class E(a-f),(g)(ii-iii) – all except offices) to residential will need planning permission in railway arches.

You can find the related documents for the Railway Arches Article 4 Direction below, including the planning committee report which sets out the reasons for the Article 4 Direction.

Related documents

Page last updated: 30 July 2021

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