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.

These controls mean that a planning application will need to be submitted to convert any commercial space or shop into housing, in key areas in the borough. 

The previous planning controls, called an Article 4 Direction, that removes permitted development rights for change of use from office to residential use, expires on 31st July 2022.

Last year the council carried out a public consultation for a new Article 4 Direction, to take effect from 1 August 2022. The Article 4 Direction removes permitted development rights for change of use from Class E (commercial, business and service) to residential use. 

A total of 40 responses were received, with a clear majority supporting the more extensive planning controls.

A report was taken to the council’s Place Committee in November 2021, to seek the Committee's approval to confirm the Article 4 Direction. The Direction has now been confirmed.

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.

Further analysis of the areas and boundaries covered by the Direction is taking place, as requested by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). This is likely to result in changes to the areas or boundaries covered. If there are any modifications, DLUHC will issue a Modification Notice to the council. 

Public consultation

A public consultation on the Article 4 Direction took place between 5 August 2021 and 1 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.

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: 28/07/2022 11:01:07