Article 4 Directions (industrial land)

Start date Fri 1 Dec 2023, 9:00am
End date Thu 29 Feb 2024, 5:00pm

Consultation on proposed planning changes

The Council is consulting businesses and landowners in its industrial locations across the borough, and other interested parties, on the introduction of a ‘non-immediate Article 4 Direction.’

In response to growing concerns about an increasing number of offices and other commercial buildings in industrial sites being converted to residential dwellings under permitted development rights, the Council has taken a decision to introduce a non-immediate Article 4 Direction that will bring this type of development into planning control. This does not mean that this type of development is unacceptable; it just means that a planning application will be required so that the Council can consider all relevant implications and impose appropriate conditions as needed.

The Article 4 Direction is proposed to come into force on 1 December 2024, subject to the consideration of consultation comments received, the views of the Secretary of State and subsequent confirmation by the Council.

Consultation on the Article 4 Direction is open to the public for comment for three months between 1 December 2023 and 29 February 2024.

You can email your views to SP& with the subject: Article 4 Direction or write to: Strategic Planning, London Borough of Bexley at the address shown below. Any correspondence concerning the Article 4 Direction consultation must be received by 5pm on 29 February 2024.

The documents related to this consultation are available below. A fully accessible version of the Article 4 Direction is available. Alternatively, paper copies of the documents, including the Direction, can be viewed during normal office hours at the Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, DA6 7AT.

Decision report (PDF)

Statutory site notice (PDF)

Article 4 Direction (PDF)