Camden Council is using 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, being 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 already has Article 4 Directions in place to restrict the office to residential and light industrial to residential permitted development rights for parts of the borough, however these will be superseded by the new permitted development right (Class MA). The office to residential Article 4 Directions will remain in force until August 2022. The light industrial to residential Article 4 Directions will not be effective from August 2021.

The Council has 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 (land as shown edged red on the plans attached to the directions - available for download below).

The Article 4 Directions were made on 26 July 2021. If subsequently confirmed by the Council they will come into force on 29 July 2022.

The Directions and accompanying plans are also available for view at Pancras Square Library, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG, from Monday to Thursday 11am - 6pm and Friday to Saturday 11am - 3.30pm.

Representations in respect of the Direction may be made to the Council by email to:

or by post to: Planning Policy, London Borough of Camden, Town Hall, Judd Street, London, WC1H 9JE

Any representations must be received by the Council by 9 September 2021 and include a full name and postal address.