Decision details

Immediate Article 4 Decision - Hemel Hempstead Town Centre

Decision Maker: Assistant Director - Planning Development & Regeneration

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Recent changes in planning rules mean that a range of commercial premises including shops, cafes, gyms and other services could be converted to houses or flats without the need for planning permission.
The Council is particularly concerned about the effects this could have on the main shopping area in Hemel Hempstead Town Centre, as it could lead to shops, cafes and gyms and other business premises, which provide services to the community, being lost.
The making of an Article 4 Direction to take immediate effect protects the main parts of the town centre from the loss of shops, cafes and other such business premises to residential use.


To make an immediate Article 4 Direction for properties in Hemel Hempstead Town Centre as shown edged and hatched in red on the plan attached to the Officer Decision Record Sheet.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Make an Article 4 Direction to take immediate effect
Option 2 - Make an Article 4 Direction that does not take immediate effect
Option 3 - Not to make an Article 4 Direction

Publication date: 28/07/2021

Date of decision: 26/07/2021

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