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Article 4 Directions relating to the change of use from office to residential.

Article 4 Direction – in effect since 1 October 2016

On 4 September 2015, Richmond Council gave Notice(pdf, 16KB) of the making of a non-immediate Article 4 to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from office to residential.

On 7 July 2016, Richmond Council confirmed the non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from B1(a) offices to C3 residential. This Article 4 Direction came into effect on 1 October 2016.

The effect of the Direction is explained in the above Notice. In summary, it means that it is not possible to change the use of offices within the defined areas to residential uses without a grant of planning permission by the Council.

Map of areas

The Article 4 Direction applies to the following areas of the borough:


  • Thames Street, Hampton

Hampton Wick:

  • High Street & Lower Teddington Road, Hampton Wick

Hampton Hill:

  • Northern part of High Street, Hampton Hill


  • 127-133 High Street, and 1 & 2A Cambridge Road, Teddington
  • 180 High Street, Teddington
  • 43-67 Broad Street, Teddington
  • 90-120 Church Road, Teddington
  • 38-42 Hampton Road, Teddington


  • Parts of Twickenham town centre
  • Bridge House, Twickenham
  • Hampton Road, Twickenham
  • Briar House, 5-11 Briar Road, Twickenham

East Twickenham:

  • 417-435 Richmond Road, East Twickenham
  • St George's House, 76 Crown Road, East Twickenham


  • Petersham Road, Richmond
  • Brook House & Sandal House, Richmond
  • Sheen Road, Richmond
  • 72-84 Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond
  • Falstaff House & St George's House, Bardolph Road, Richmond


  • The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Kew

East Sheen and Mortlake:

  • Part West Sheen Lane, part Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen
  • Mortlake High Street, Mortlake


  • Prospect Studios, Barnes High Street, Barnes
  • 42-46 Glentham Road, Barnes

Article 4 Direction – in effect since 30 November 2014

The Council has had an Article 4 Direction in place since 30 November 2014 to remove permitted development rights to change from B1(a) offices to C3 residential.

Before they came into force, the Article 4 Directions were subject to a modification by the Secretary of State. The Notice of Modification is below.

The Direction has been in force since 30 November 2014. Permitted development rights for this type of development is withdrawn and planning permission is required to change use from B1 (a) offices to C3 residential.

Map of areas

The map of areas subject to Article 4 Directions(pdf, 1545KB) includes the following areas:

  • Richmond town centre
  • Twickenham town centre
  • Teddington town centre and Waldgrave Road
  • National Physical Laboratory, Teddington
  • Kingsway Business Park, Hampton
  • Castle Business Village, Station Road and Mount Mews, High Street, Hampton
  • Hampton Hill Business Park, Hampton Hill
  • West Twickenham, south of River Crane
  • St George's Industrial Estate, Twickenham
  • Old Lodge Place, St Margarets
  • Tideway Yard and The Old Power Station, Mortlake
  • Blake Mews Station Avenue, Kew

For advice on the Prior Approval process please go to Guidance for Prior Approval Applications.

Article 4 Directions in relation to the historic environment

The Council has a strong commitment to promote good quality new design and preserve the special interest, character and setting of the Borough as a whole. The Borough has nearly 1200 nationally Listed Buildings, 72 Conservation Areas and many Buildings of Townscape Merit which all contribute to the heritage of the Borough. Controls over the demolition of these important heritage buildings exist and at times, minor alterations which do not usually need planning permission but could affect the appearance of conservation areas are also controlled through the use of Article 4 Directions.

Updated: 20 February 2024

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