Article 4 Directions

What are Article 4 Directions?

Permitted development rights allow certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application. An Article 4 Direction removes permitted development rights for a specific property or area, which means a planning application will be required.

Recent Article 4 Directions

Basement development 

To manage the impacts of basement developments across the borough the Council made a non-immediate Article 4 Direction which removes permitted development rights for basement development. The Article 4 direction was made on 17 May 2016 and confirmed on 3 October 2016. The Article 4 Direction will come into force on 1 June 2017.

Currently under permitted development rights planning permission is not required for a basement that is built entirely underneath a property and does not extend beyond it, for example, underneath the garden or surrounding land.

The Article 4 direction will remove this right so that all basement excavations will need planning permission and will be assessed against the Council’s planning policies. The proposed Article 4 Direction applies to the whole of the London Borough of Camden.

The Direction and related information is available for download below:

Made article 4 Direction:

Confirmed Article 4 Direction: 

 

The Direction is also available at:

Camden Town Hall,
Judd Street, London,
WC1H 9JE,
from Monday - Saturday 8am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

What properties are covered by Article 4 Directions?

Article 4 Directions cover the following conservation areas and individual properties:

Conservation areas

Belsize conservation area

Article 4 Direction removing certain permitted development rights from houses and flats in the conservation area. The Direction is also aimed at ensuring that historic features are preserved and, where possible, repaired rather than replaced.

Related documentation:

Adoption date: 1 September 2010


Frognal Way conservation area

Article 4 Direction removing certain permitted development rights from houses and flats in the conservation area. The Direction is also aimed at ensuring that historic features are preserved and, where possible, repaired rather than replaced.

Related documentation:

Adoption date: 1 September 2010


Hampstead conservation area

Article 4 Direction removing certain permitted development rights (that is, works that did not previously need permission) from houses and flats in the conservation area. The Direction is also aimed at ensuring that historic features are preserved and, where possible, repaired rather than replaced.

Related documentation:

Adoption date: 1 September 2010


Primrose Hill conservation area

Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights in the conservation area for the following types of work:
  •     extending a property
  •     constructing a hard standing
  •     erecting gates, fences, or walls next to the highway
  •     constructing a means of access to a highway
  •     painting exterior brickwork visible from the highway

Related documents:

Adoption date: 3 March 1983  

Number: 583


Swiss Cottage conservation area

Article 4 Direction removing certain permitted development rights from houses and flats in the conservation area. The Direction is also aimed at ensuring that historic features are preserved and, where possible, repaired rather than replaced.

Related documentation:

Adoption date: 1 September 2010 


Article 4 Directions also cover the following properties:

13-51 (odd) and 16-60 (even) Belsize Avenue, NW3

- Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following type of work:

  •     constructing a hard standing within the surrounding area of the cited properties

Adoption date: 20 December 1974

Number: 587


The Cottage, 67 Fitzjohns Avenue, NW3

- Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following type of work:

  •     erection of structures within the surrounding area of the property for a purpose that is incidental to the enjoyment of the property.

    This Article 4 Direction was issued following a dispute about the height of a garden fence.

Adoption date: 7 February 1977

Number: 580

32-66 (even) and 72-90 (even) South Hill Park, NW3

- Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following types of work:

  •     extending a property
  •     erecting a porch
  •     installing a satellite antenna
  •     constructing structures within the surrounding area of the property
  •     constructing a hard standing
  •     erecting a heating oil storage tank

    These properties border Hampstead No. 1 Pond.

Adoption date: 10 January 1989

Number: 585

33 York Rise, NW5

- Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following types of work:

  •     painting the exterior of the property

    This article 4 direction was made in order to preserve a painted sign on the north flank wall.

Adoption date: 7 March 1980

Number: 581

147 Kentish Town Road   

- Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following types of work:

Adoption date: 3 June 2013


187 Kentish Town Road  

- Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following types of work:

Adoption date: 28 June 2013


The Old White Bear PH, Well Road, NW3 

- Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following type of work:

Adoption date: 10 February 2014


The Golden Lion PH, Royal College Street, NW1 

- Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following type of work:

  • Change of use to Class A1 (shops), Class A2 (financial and professional services) and Class A3 (restaurant)
  • Temporary change of use to Class A1 (shops), Class A2 (financial and professional services), Class A3 (restaurant) and B1(business)
  • Article 4 Direction (confirmed 3rd October 2014)

Adoption date: 9 April 2014

 180 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AE

-  Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following type of work:

  •  Change of use to Class A1 (shops), Class A2 (financial and professional services) and Class A3 (restaurant)
  • Temporary change of use to Class A1 (shops), Class A2 (financial and professional services), Class A3 (restaurant) and B1(business)

Adoption date: 20 March 2015

The Dartmouth Arms Public House, 35 York Rise, NW5 1SP

-  Article 4 Direction removing permitted development rights for the following type of work:

  • Change of use to Class A1 (shops), Class A2 (financial and professional services) and Class A3 (restaurant)
  • Temporary change of use to Class A1 (shops), Class A2 (financial and professional services), Class A3 (restaurant) and B1(business)
  • Article 4 Direction (made 20.03.15)
Adoption date: 20 March 2015

Office to residential

The Council confirmed ‘non-immediate’ Article 4 Direction for certain parts of the borough where withdrawing the right to change from office to residential use (without a formal grant of planning permission) is considered to be expedient on planning grounds.

The Secretary of State subsequently modified the Council’s Directions and notice of the modification was given on 5th November 2015. The modification has resulted in the reduction of land covered by the Article 4 Directions. The modified Direction came into force on 5th November 2015. The modified Direction and plans can be viewed below.

The Single Member decision to proceed in confirming the Article 4 Directions can be found here. More information on the Article 4 Directions can be found here. This includes:



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