Currently offices and some light industrial and storage or distribution centres can be turned into residential properties without the need for planning permission. The Council is concerned about the impact that these permitted development changes of use are having and potentially will have on its ability to effectively plan for its area.
The Council wants to be able to manage such development in some designated Growth Areas and industrial estates. This will ensure that business occupiers do not continue to be displaced where their accommodation is viable for its continued use. It will also prevent wider industrial areas being compromised. It will also prevent planned developments identified in the Development Plan potentially being undermined.
· Wembley Growth Area Article 4
This Article 4 applies to the Wembley Growth Area as identified in the Local Plan. It removes permitted development rights for B1(a) office to residential.
· Alperton Growth Area, Significant Industrial Locations and Locally Significant Industrial Sites Article 4
This Article 4 applies to the Alperton Growth Area, Significant Industrial Locations and Locally Significant Industrial Sites as identified in the Local Plan. It does not include those areas in Brent where the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation is the local planning authority. It removes permitted development rights for B1(a) office, B1(c) light industrial and B8 storage or distribution centres to C3 residential.
The Article 4s can be found at www.brent.gov.uk/Article4s and are available for inspection at Brent public libraries. The Article 4s are non-immediate and if confirmed will be effective from 11th August 2018.
How to comment
Any person may make representations on the Article 4 directions. Representations should be made by e-mail: email@example.com or by post to: Planning Policy & Projects Team, Brent Civic Centre, Engineer’s Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ. The deadline for comment is 7th September 2017.