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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.

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 a non-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.

Following consideration of the representations made, the article 4 direction was confirmed on 17 April 2019 and came into force on 18 April 2019.

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
    9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm Friday
  • Haslemere Library, 91 Wey Hill, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1HP
    9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday 

Please note that access and opening times may vary due to Covid. Before visiting, please:

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 confirmed on 4 May 2020 and came into force on 4 May 2020.

Godalming article 4 direction

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
    9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm Friday

Please note that access and opening times may vary due to Covid. For further details please contact us our Customer Services on 01483 523333.