London Borough of Croydon

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Croydon Opportunity Area Article 4 Direction - Removing permitted development rights for change of use from office to residential without the requirement for planning permission.

Article 4 Directions remove specific permitted development rights as set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended). Since 30 May 2013, the conversion of offices to residential use does not require planning permission. In Croydon, and in particular within the Croydon Opportunity Area, the council is particularly concerned that this will have a detrimental impact upon the area’s ability to retain existing jobs and attract further investment and employment into the central area of Croydon. In order to help address these concerns, the council made a non-immediate Article 4 Direction on 5 September 2014. In accordance with Article 5(4)(d) the council sought representations during a 6 week period from 10 September 2014 to 22 October 2014. A schedule of the representations received and responses has been compiled and is available to view. The council's planning committee endorsed and confirmed the Article 4 Direction on the 6 November 2014. (Planning Committee report).

The council has decided to confirm a non-immediate Article 4 Direction which, from 10 September 2015, requires that planning permission be sought for any change of use from office to residential use. The area to which the Direction applies is referred to as the Croydon Opportunity Area.

Owners/occupiers within the Croydon Opportunity Area have been made aware of the confirmed Direction by letter and both site and public notices have been issued. The Secretary of State has also been notified in accordance with Article 5 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended).

The Article 4 Direction applies to the whole of the Croydon Opportunity Area. A copy of the confirmed Direction, including a map defining the area covered can be viewed on this webpage through the links provided above, or in paper copy at the council offices at Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA; or at the Croydon Central Library. Information about the opening hours can be found on the Central Library webpage.

In accordance with Article 5 paragraphs (9), (10), (13) and (18), the Article 4 Direction came into force on 10 September 2015.


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