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Employment use to residential use - article 4 direction

The Council consulted from 1 October 2018 until 12 November 2018 for comment on its intention to place Article 4 Designations to remove permitted development rights for employment use to residential in specific areas of the Borough.

If adopted on the 20th of September 2019 planning permission will be required to convert any B1a (office), B1c (light industrial) or B8 (storage or distribution) uses within the identified areas to residential use in Barnet.

Article 4 Directions do not mean that planning consent would not be granted; it simply means that an application has to be submitted so that the Council can examine the proposal in detail.

A planning application for a conversion of employment uses to residential will be considered against policies in Barnet’s Local Plan in particular:

  • CS04: Provided quality homes and housing choice in Barnet,
  • CS05: Protecting and enhancing Barnet’s character to create high quality places,
  • CS08: Promoting a strong and prosperous Barnet,
  • DM01: Protecting Barnet’s character and amenity,
  • DM02: Development standards,
  • DM08: Ensuring a variety of sizes of new homes to meet housing need and
  • DM14: New and existing employment space.

Introducing an Article 4 Direction to manage conversion of employment uses to residential through the planning system supports the need to provide for employment opportunities in Barnet while ensuring that high quality housing is delivered. 

Further information

Planning Committee 25 June 2018

Article 4 Directions are intended for use in exceptional circumstances where it is necessary to protect local amenity or the wellbeing of an area Para 53, NPPF.

The making of this non-immediate Article 4 Direction was reported to Planning Committee on June 25 2018 and will be confirmed at a Planning Committee later in 2019 which will also report the results of consultation.

The Article 4 Direction can remain in place permanently once it has been confirmed. The Direction will be monitored in the Authorities Monitoring Report to make certain the original reasons for making the Direction remain valid. A Direction should be cancelled when it is no longer necessary.

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