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Article 4 directions

What is an article 4 direction?

An article 4 direction restricts the scope of permitted development rights either in relation to a particular area or site, or a particular type of development anywhere in the local authority's area.

Where an article 4 direction is in effect, a planning application may be required for development that would otherwise have been permitted development.

Following changes to the Use Class Order 1987 and the General Permitted Development Order 2015, the two existing article 4 directions in Beacon Hill and Godalming became out of date on 31 July 2022. On 2 August 2022, Waverley made replacement article 4 directions in these two areas.

Certain types of work or certain types of development can be undertaken without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called "permitted development rights" and are set out in The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. They derive from a general planning permission granted not by the local authority but by Parliament.

Waverley has confirmed an immediate article 4 direction to remove permitted development rights that allow the change of use from commercial uses to residential in the commercial area of Beacon Hill.

The article 4 direction was made on 2 August 2022.

Beacon Hill article 4 direction (including map)

A copy of the direction (including a plan defining the area covered by the direction) can be inspected at:

  • Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR - please call 01483 523333 to make an appointment

Representation period

Any representations concerning this direction must be made to Waverley Borough Council between Friday 5 August and 11.59pm on Monday 12 September 2022. Representations can be made:

  • by email to planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk; or
  • in writing to Planning Policy, Waverley Borough Council, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR.

The direction shall remain in force until 2 February 2023 (being six months from the date of this direction) and then expire unless it has been confirmed by the council.

Waverley has made a non-immediate article 4 direction to remove permitted development rights that allow the change of use from office to residential in an area around Godalming station. This means that planning permission will now be required for changes of use from office to residential within this area.

The article 4 direction was made on 2 August 2022.

Godalming article 4 direction (including map)

A copy of the direction (including a plan defining the area covered by the direction) can be inspected at:

  • Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR - please call 01483 523333 to make an appointment

Representation period

Any representations concerning this direction must be made to Waverley Borough Council between Friday 5 August and 11.59pm on Monday 12 September 2022. Representations can be made:

  • by email to planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk; or
  • in writing to Planning Policy, Waverley Borough Council, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR.

The direction shall remain in force until 2 February 2023 (being six months from the date of this direction) and then expire unless it has been confirmed by the council.