Article 4 Directions


What is an Article 4 Direction?

An Article 4 Direction (A4D) is part of planning legislation that allows the council to restrict the scope of permitted development rights either in relation to a particular area or site, or a particular type of development anywhere within the local planning authority's area.

Permitted development (PD) rights are a national grant of planning permission which allow certain works and change of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (“the Order”). These Rights can be withdrawn under Article 4(1) of the order if there is a justification for both its purpose and extent.

An Article 4 Direction does not prevent the development to which it applies, but instead requires that planning permission is first obtained for that development.

Article 4 Directions - Commercial, Business and Service use to Residential

A non-immediate Article 4 Direction has been made to remove permitted development rights regarding the change of use from class E use (Commercial, Business and Service uses) to C3 use (dwellinghouses).

The Direction applies to the sites shown on the Schedule of Maps in the non-immediate Article 4 Direction.

The effect of the Directions means that a change of use from a town centre use to residential and an office use to residential in these locations will require planning permission and will be assessed against our Local Plan policies.

The Direction was made by the Council on 23 September 2022.

Notice Of Direction Under Article 4 (pdf)

Article 4 Direction - Site Notice (pdf)

Individual maps for the areas covered by the Article 4 Direction can be downloaded below:

1 - Croxley Business Park (pdf)

2 - Maple Cross / Maple Lodge Employment Area (pdf)

3 - Tolpits Lane Employment Area (pdf)

4 - Kings Langley Employment Area (pdf)

5 - Leavesden Park Employment Area (pdf)

6 - Rickmansworth Town Centre (pdf)

7 - Chorleywood District Centre (pdf)

8 - Abbots Langley District Centre (pdf)

9 - South Oxhey District Centre (pdf)


Any representations concerning the introduction of the Article 4(1) Directions on the above employment land should be sent to the Council during the 6 week period of public consultation commencing on 23 September 2022 until 04 November 2022.

These can be sent by email to or by post to: Planning Policy, Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1RL. Representations concerning the Article 4 Direction can be made from the date of this notice and no later than 04 November 2022.

Members of the public may inspect a copy of the Directions and associated maps at Three Rivers District Council Offices at Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1RL  (9.00am – 4.00pm Mon – Fri).