Article 4 Direction - converting offices to residential use

Article 4 Direction

On 25 February 2015 we confirmed an Article 4 Direction. This means you now need planning permission to convert an office into a house or flat, in certain parts of the borough, since it came into force on 1 October 2015. You can read more about the Direction within the papers of the Infrastructure, Projects and Contracts Committee or you can download the full Article 4 Direction from this page.

The Direction only affects:
  • any building that is currently used as office, or
  • any vacant offices
in the following areas:
  • Kingston Town Centre
  • New Malden District Centre
  • Surbiton District Centre
  • Tolworth District Centre
  • Chessington Industrial Area
  • Barwell Business Park
  • St George's Industrial Estate
  • Canbury Park
  • Fairfield/Kingsmill/Villiers Road
  • St John's Industrial Area
  • Silverglade Business Park
  • London Road
  • Cambridge Road/Hampden Road
  • Red Lion Road
  • Norbiton Station Area 

You can see the exact boundaries of the areas affected by this change within the full Article 4 Direction.

How are granted prior approvals affected?

The Article 4 Direction does not affect the carrying out of development where prior approval was granted before 1 October 2015. The regulations require that the residential use of the building must be begun by 30 May 2016.

If you have queries in this regard we recommend that you contact us to discuss.

Direction under Article 4

Notice is given that on 25 February 2015, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames confirmed a direction under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) 1995 as amended.

The Direction, when it comes into force, will withdraw the permitted development right granted by Class J, Part 3, Schedule 2 of the Order for development consisting of a change of use of a building and any land within its curtilage to a use falling within Class C3 (dwelling houses) of the Schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 from a use falling within Class B1(a) (offices) of that Schedule. It is intended that the Direction will come into force on 1 October 2015.