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Article 4 Directions

What is an Article 4 Direction?

An Article 4 Direction is an area where the Local Planning Authority has revoked certain permitted development rights.

What Article 4 Directions are there in Wycombe?

Adopted Article 4 directions can be viewed on My Wycombe by checking the box under "planning constraints".

Preventing permitted development rights (office to residential)

In 2013 the Government introduced temporary changes to permitted development rights that allowed offices to change to residential use without requiring planning permission. In 2016 this change was made permanent. Wycombe has lost a considerable amount of office floorspace as a result of this.

The Council has powers to remove permitted development rights, through ‘Article 4 Directions’.

In order to safeguard important office locations across the area, we are removing permitted development rights for offices to residential, by making an Article 4 Direction. This means that proposals to change use from office to residential use will require planning permission in the future.

The areas that this will apply to are listed below:

  • Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe
  • Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe
  • Peregrine Business Park, High Wycombe
  • Kingsmead Business Park, High Wycombe
  • Glory Park, High Wycombe
  • Globe Park, Marlow
  • Mercury Park, High Wycombe
  • Millboard Road, Bourne End
  • Bourne End Business Park
  • Marlow International, Marlow
  • Princes Estate, Princes Risborough

The Directions were ‘made’ on 3 May 2019 and a four week period for representations held between 3 and 31 May 2019. Only four representations were made during this period and, of these, only two objected to the principle of putting Article 4 Directions in place at these eleven locations.

A report setting out a summary of the main issues raised in response to the proposal to introduce article 4 (1) directions to 11 separate locations within the area can be viewed below. It also sets out who was informed about the proposals and the main issues raised, together with the Council’s response to them.

The Directions were confirmed on 26 June 2019 and will come into effect on 20 July 2020. You can read the full Directions and the Notices below:



The justification report and its appendices, which explain the reasoning, justification and scope for the Council’s proposal to introduce 11 Article 4 Directions can be viewed below:

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