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Article 4 Directions

Central Activities Zone (CAZ)

The council confirmed a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to protect office land uses in Southwark’s Central Activities Zone (CAZ) in 2018. This will prevent the harm of office to residential permitted development rights in the CAZ in recognition of the geographic, economic and administrative benefits that the CAZ has on the London and UK economy.

The Article 4 Direction removes permitted development rights for the change of use of B1a (offices) to residential (C3). Planning permission will continue to be required for any proposed changes from office premises identified in the Article 4 Direction.

Article 4 Directions 2021

Further to the existing Article 4 Direction, Southwark Council made non-immediate and immediate Article 4 directions to remove the right for commercial premises in the Central Activities Zone  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 31st July 2022. This relates to changes of use from office use (Class E) to residential (Class C3), under Class MA in the Central Activities Zone.

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 the Central Activities Zone.

The third Article 4 Direction is non-immediate and will come into effect 1 August 2022. This withdraws the permitted development rights under Class ZA. This means demolition of commercial or residential buildings and replacement with a single dwelling housing or block of flats will need planning permission in the Central Activities Zone.

You can find the related documents for the Article 4 Directions 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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