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Planning changes to protect jobs and homes

Office buildings and cars in Cranborne Road industrial estateFurther changes to local planning regulations are being introduced to help protect some of Hertsmere’s major employment sites and distinctive homes.

We’re rolling out new ‘Article 4 directions’ in order to prevent buildings in designated employment areas in Borehamwood, Potters Bar, Shenley, Elstree and Bushey being converted into housing, without the need for planning permission.

Original Article 4 directions were confirmed just over two years ago, but changes in national legislation mean the directions have to be updated in order to protect against redevelopment or conversion of premises in business parks or industrial estates.

In addition, we’re implementing new directions to protect a number of bungalows across Radlett, which are deemed of value in the recently adopted Radlett Neighbourhood Plan.

This follows recent changes in national legislation which allow for an extra storey to be built on homes, without the need for planning permission, as long as it complies with certain criteria.

A copy of the new Article 4 directions for employment areas and a set of frequently asked questions can be found at www.hertsmere.gov.uk/article4.

A copy of the new Article 4 directions for Radlett and a set of frequently asked questions can be found at www.hertsmere.gov.uk/RadlettArticle4

The new directions will come into force in May next year. Until then all interested parties can give their views in a public consultation by emailing at local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk.

Responses can also be submitted in writing to Planning department, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood WD6 1WA.
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