Hart District Council – Article 4 Direction for Employment Land

21st May 2018

Hart District Council has published a non-immediate Article 4 Direction which would withdraw some of the permitted development rights on the most important employment sites in the District from 6th May 2019.

These proposals would withdraw the existing permitted development rights related to the change of use of offices, light industrial units and storage and distribution units (currently permitted by Class O, Class PA and Class P of Part 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) to residential use.

The reason for the Direction is the Council’s concern about the ongoing loss of employment land and the potential impact of the rights on business and economic growth since the office to residential rights were introduced in May 2013. The introduction of the Article 4 Direction would not necessarily prevent all changes of use but would require planning applications for them, meaning that the Council would have more powers to manage this issue.

Permitted development rights can still be exercised until the Article 4 direction comes into effect on 6 May 2019.

The following sites are included in the Direction:

Strategic Employment Areas

Bartley Wood, Hook

Bartley Point, Hook

Cody Technology Park, Farnborough

Meadows Business Park, Blackwater

Osborn Way, Hook

Waterfront Business Park, Fleet

Locally Important Employment Areas

Ancells Business Park, Fleet

Blackbushe Business Park Eversley Haulage Yard

Eversley Storage

Finn’s Business Park, Crondall

Fleet Business Park, Church Crookham

Grove Farm Barn, Crookham Village

Lodge Farm, North Warnborough

Murrell Green Business Park

Potters Industrial Park, Church Crookham

Redfields Business Park, Church Crookham

Optrex Business Park, Rotherwick

Beacon Hill Road, Church Crookham

The Direction was made on Wednesday 2 May 2018 and is proposed to come into force on Monday 6 May 2019.

Representations on the Article 4 Direction can be made until 4.30pm on Friday 15th June 2018.

For further advice, please contact our Hampshire office.

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