Article 4 Directions withdrawing office to residential permitted development rights in the CAZ 2019

This non-immediate Article 4 Direction is proposed to apply to the whole of the London Central Activities Zone (CAZ) within Lambeth.

An Article 4 Direction is a direction under Article 4 of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 which enables us to withdraw specified permitted development rights across a defined area.

Permitted development rights are a national grant of planning permission which allows certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application.

In March 2016, the government confirmed that permitted development rights allowing change of use from office (planning use class B1(a)) to residential (planning use class C3) would be made permanent from April 2016, by an amendment to the General Permitted Development Order 2015.

It also announced that the previous provision for exempt areas would not be continued, although the exemptions would not expire until May 2019. The government had previously allowed an exemption for the whole of London’s central activities zone (CAZ).

In Lambeth, this covers Waterloo and Vauxhall. This means that after 31 May 2019, London’s CAZ, and therefore Waterloo and Vauxhall, will no longer be exempt from the permitted development right.

To address this issue, it is proposed that the council, as local planning authority (LPA) make a non-immediate Article 4 direction to protect offices in the central activities zone (as it relates to Lambeth) from change of use to residential without an application for planning permission first needing to be made to and approved by the LPA.

On 28 March 2018, the council made an Article 4 Direction withdrawing permitted development rights for ‘Class O’ permitted development. Class O of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 relates to change of use from office (Use Class B1a) to residential (Use Class C3).

We consulted on the Article 4 Direction from 2 April 2018 to 28 May 2018 and following consideration of the representations received, the direction was confirmed on 27 April 2019.

The Article 4 Direction applies to the whole of the London CAZ within Lambeth.

We are sending notification of the confirmation of the direction to affected property owners and occupiers.

The Article 4 Direction will come into force on 31 May 2019.

If your property is covered by the Article 4 Direction, you will need to apply for planning permission if you wish to make a change of use from office to residential beyond the current expiry date, 31 May 2019.

You can read the Article 4 Direction cabinet member decision report for the making of the Article 4 Direction and the Article 4 Direction cabinet member decision report for the confirmation of the Article 4 Direction.

You can inspect a copy of the Article 4 Direction and the maps showing the extent of the land affected between 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday at Lambeth Civic Centre, 6 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1EG.