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Published on: 29 December 2020

Last updated: 29 September 2021

Article 4 Directions in Westminster

We have made a number of Article 4 Directions which remove permitted development rights for some types of development in some parts of Westminster.

These are listed below. We also recently consulted on changes to our Article 4 Directions.

Use the Article 4 Directions interactive map to search a property address and find information about our Article 4 Directions. 

Change of use from office to residential 

We removed permitted development rights for changes of use from B1(a) (offices) to C3 (dwelling houses) in Westminster’s Central Activities Zone. Background is in the cabinet member report below.

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The Direction was confirmed on 15 February 2019 and came into force on 1 May 2019.​

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Change of use from shops to financial and professional services

We removed permitted development rights for changes of use from A1 (shops) to A2 (financial and professional services) in the Core Central Activities Zone and the designated shopping centres throughout the city. 

The Article 4 Direction was confirmed on 12 December 2016 and came into force on 1 January 2017.

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Article 4 - change of use: from shops to financial and professional services

Article 4 - change of use: from shops to financial and professional services PDF, 952.56 KB, 3 pages

Basement Development

We removed permitted development rights for basement development throughout the city. The Direction was confirmed on 4 July 2016, and the  came into force on 31 July 2016.

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​Minor alterations in certain conservation areas

We removed permitted development rights in eight conservation areas. In these areas planning permission is required for the specified minor alterations to ensure such alterations  conserve the character and appearance of these areas. Details are listed below:

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