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Planning changes and law updates

Find out what changes or updates have been made to all planning applications and their process.


Article 4 Direction Residential Extensions - in force from 22 September 2014

The Council of the London Borough of Hillingdon made an Article 4(1) Direction on 20 September 2013 under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, as amended.  The Direction was confirmed by Full Council and came into force on 22 September 2014. 

The Direction relates to development comprising the enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwelling house where the enlarged part would have a single storey and would extend beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling house by more than 4 metres. 

The Article 4(1) direction removes permitted development rights for this type of development.  Planning permission is therefore  required for such development from 22 September 2014. 

View Article 4 Direction [337kb]  

This affects extensions, house alterations and paving over of front gardens.

Attention householders

Permitted development rights for all householder developments were altered on 1 October 2008.

The new legislation changes the criteria for permitted development, i.e. development which does not require planning permission. Controls were introduced on paving over of front gardens, with planning permission required for any new area of hardstanding over 5 sq.m, unless the surface allows water to drain away naturally.

'The Planning Portal' has developed visual guides for householders which outline common household projects.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

From March 2013, Hillingdon Council has made changes to the planning rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

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New rules governing house extensions and commercial changes of use

The key changes include allowing the following without the need for planning permission.

  • Larger single storey rear extensions to residential properties
  • Larger extensions to industrial and warehousing premises, shops and offices
  • Conversions from offices to residential uses
  • More flexible uses of shops, offices and agricultural buildings
  • Easier conversion of premises for school uses
  • Telecom installations in conservation areas

Note: If you want to carry out one of the above you will still need to notify us of what you want to do and in most cases will need to seek prior approval.

Full details of the criteria and procedure are contained in the legislation and on the Planning Portal's Website

Apply for planning permission (Planning Portal website) »

Tree Work legislation

All new applications are required by law to be made on a national tree work application form.

Any new application that is not submitted on the national tree work application form, or is incomplete, or fails to include the required documentation, will be invalid.

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Apply by post/email:

Your completed application form should be sent to the Trees and Woodland Team. If you require assistance, please contact London Borough of Hillingdon Contact Centre on 01895 250230.

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