Article 4 directions

What is an article 4 direction?

An article 4 direction is a direction under article 4 of the General Permitted Development Order which enables a local planning authority to withdraw specified permitted development rights across a defined area. This means you may need planning permission for development that would normally be permitted.

This page details our current definitive article 4 direction list. However, we strongly recommend that you check any information with us by calling 020 7361 3012.

Commercial, Business and Service use to residential use

(Article number 106)

We have removed permitted development rights for changes of use from Class E (commercial, business and service uses) to C3 (dwelling houses) in parts of Kensington and Chelsea. This means that planning permission is required for the conversion of any Class E floorspace to residential in the areas covered by the Direction.

The Article 4 direction was made on 20 July 2021 and then modified by the Secretary of State on 22 July 2022 to cover a smaller area than originally planned. The new Article 4 direction is effective from 27 July 2022.

A copy of the letter from received from the Secretary of State, and the modified Article 4 Direction including a map of the area to which it relates, can be viewed below:

View the Article 4 directions

To view the Article 4 directions you will need to:

  1. Click on the link below.
  2. Use the left hand navigation to “expand to see all planning layers”
  3. Select “Article 4 Directions” in the drop down list.

View the detailed boundaries of all article 4 directions.


 

Launderettes

To homes:

(Article number 101)

The Council has an article 4 direction in place which has removed the permitted development rights ordinarily allowed under Schedule 2, Part 3, Class M of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 for the following launderettes.

  • 154 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4EF
  • 111 Earl’s Court Road, London SW5 9RL
  • 28 Golborne Road, London W10 5PF
  • 52 Golborne Road, London W10 5PR
  • 341 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 6DW
  • 395 King’s Road, London SW10 0LR
  • 76 Tavistock Road, London W11 1AN

This means that planning permission is required for the change of use of a launderette to a residential use, and the building operations reasonably necessary to carry out this conversion.  This direction came into force on 24 July 2017.

To offices:

(Article number 105)

The Council has an article 4 direction in place which has removed the permitted development rights ordinarily allowed under Schedule 2, Part 3, Class JA of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 for the following launderettes.

  • 154 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4EF
  • 111 Earl’s Court Road, London SW5 9RL
  • 28 Golborne Road, London W10 5PF
  • 52 Golborne Road, London W10 5PR
  • 341 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 6DW
  • 395 King’s Road, London SW10 0LR
  • 76 Tavistock Road, London W11 1AN

This means that planning permission is required for the change of use of a launderette to an office use, and the building operations reasonably necessary to carry out this conversion.  This direction comes into force on 7th September 2020.

Full details are set out below:


Basements

(Article number 100)

The Council made an Article 4 Direction on 15 April 2015 to remove permitted development rights for basement extensions (the Article 4 Direction defines the rights that will be removed) to single dwelling houses across the borough. The Council consulted on the article 4 direction between 24 April and 8 June 2015 and it came into force on 28 April 2016. It applies to the entire area of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Key decision report recommending confirmation

Read about the consultation.

Public houses

The Council has made and confirmed Article 4 Directions on The Academy Public House and Kensington Park Hotel Public House. These have removed the permitted development rights which would ordinarily allow a change of use, without the need for planning permission, from an A4 use (a public house) to an A1 use (a shop), A2 use (financial and professional service) or an A3 use (restaurant), either on a permanent or on a flexible temporary basis.”

The Academy Public House

Kensington Park Hotel


Article 4 Conservation Areas

To find out more about Article 4 directions within Conservation Areas please visit the Article 4 Directions in Conservation Areas page.

Last updated: 19 August 2022