Article 4 Direction relating to the change of use from shops to financial and professional services.
On 10 March 2016, Richmond Council gave notice of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction. This was to remove the permitted development rights for change of use, from shops (Use Class A1), to financial and professional services (Use Class A2). On 25 May 2016, Richmond Council confirmed the non-immediate Article 4 Direction (purpose as stated above). This will come into effect on 1 April 2017.
The effect of the Direction is explained in the Notice. In summary, it means that once it comes into force on 1 April 2017, it will no longer be possible to change the use of shops (A1 Use Class), within the defined areas to financial and professional services uses (A2 Use Class) without a grant of planning permission by the Council.
The following maps show separately each area to which the Article 4 Direction applies:
Updated: 6 June 2016