Article 4 Directions

Commercial, business and service use to residential use

Kingston Council is using its planning powers to protect our town centres and key employment areas in the borough.

A mechanism called an Article 4 Direction has been introduced which removes permitted development rights for change of use from Class E (commercial, business and service) to residential use. 

This is a non-immediate Article 4 Direction that was made on 30th July 2021 and, if confirmed, will come into effect on 1st August 2022. The areas covered by the Article 4 Direction are the boroughs' designated main town centres, local centres and industrial areas. The full list and maps of the areas covered are included within the Article 4 Direction. Further information can be found in the report on the justification for introducing the Article 4 Direction.

The existing Article 4 Direction that removes permitted development rights for change of use from office to residential use will remain in force until 31st July 2022.

Public consultation

A public consultation on the Article 4 Direction took place between Thursday 5th August 2021 and Friday 1st October 2021. Further information on this consultation can be found on the Kingston Let's Talk webpage

Public consultation notices were displayed in all the areas covered by the Article 4 Direction.

Next steps

A final decision on whether to confirm the Article 4 Direction will be taken by Place Committee after a public consultation has been carried out. The date of the next Place committee where a report will be made is 11 November 2021.

If you need any assistance viewing this information or you have any queries, please contact the Planning Policy team at or by calling 02085 475 000.

Last Modified: 05/10/2021 16:05:52