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Article 4 Directions Land Use Classes

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Article 4 Directions Land Use Classes

See here for current consultations on new Article 4 Directions and changes to existing Article 4 Directions as detailed below:

Commercial, Business, and Service (Use Class E) to residential (Use Class C3)

Camden Council has used its planning powers to protect commercial, business and service premises (within planning use Class E) in the borough. 
Permitted development rights allow certain types of building work or changes of use without the need for planning permission. An Article 4 Direction allows a local planning authority to withdraw certain permitted development rights, so that planning permission is required.

Class MA of the general permitted development order, introduced in August 2021, allows the change of use of commercial, business, and service premises (which includes office and light industrial, as well as retail and other town centre uses) to change to residential without the need for planning permission.

The Council made Article 4 Directions to withdraw the Class MA permitted development right to change from Use Class E (Commercial, Business, and Service) to Use Class C3 (dwellinghouses) for parts of the borough where there exists strong justification. These came into effect on 29 July 2022. The Secretary of State has since modified these Directions.

The effect of the modified Directions is that from 23 February 2023, permitted development rights for this type of development are withdrawn in the modified areas and that planning permission will be required for change of use from Use Class E (Commercial, Business, and Service) to Use Class C3 (dwellinghouses).

The modified Directions and plans are available below.

The Directions and accompanying plans are also available for view at Pancras Square Library, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG, from Monday to Thursday 8am - 8pm and Friday to Saturday 11am - 5pm.


Launderettes to dwelling houses (Sui Generis to C3)

Adopted 1 June 2018