The Council will be consulting on a proposed Article 4 Direction for a period of 6 weeks until 21 November 2019. Representations can be made using the link below.

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An Article 4 Direction enables greater management of planning related changes in a particular location. They work by removing permitted development rights over certain works.

This means that planning permission is required for specific developments that would otherwise not require an application for planning permission. This means we can better protect the character or land use in a specific location or area.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is proposing to introduce an Article 4 Direction on a number of employment sites across the borough:

(i) Welwyn Garden City Employment Area
(ii) Hatfield Business Park (including Bishop Square)
(iii) Beaconsfield Road / Great North Road in Hatfield
(iv) Sopers Road, Cuffley

This would have the effect of withdrawing permitted development rights which allow offices to be converted to residential uses without planning permission, so any such proposed conversions would in future require planning permission to be sought.

It is proposed that these changes would take effect from 12 October 2020 and full details of the proposals can be found in the Icon for pdf Article 4 Direction and Site Plans.