Basement Developments

Confirmation of Article 4 Direction: Basements

Further to its decision to make an Article 4 Direction in respect of Basements in July 2015, Westminster City Council has confirmed a borough-wide, non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights granted by Schedule 2, Part 1, Class A of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 for the enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwellinghouse, by way of basement development, lightwells, or any other development below the dwellinghouse or its curtilage. This will come into effect on 31 July 2016.

What is an Article 4 Direction? Some forms of development are called ‘permitted development’. This means that certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application. At present some limited types of basement extension are permitted development.

An Article 4 Direction is a direction under Article 4 of the General Permitted Development Order which enables the local planning authority to withdraw specified permitted development rights across a defined area. This would bring these types of development within the control of the planning process. The directions would come into force, subject to representations received, in July 2016.