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
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.