The council asked members of the public to comment on the immediate article 4 direction that was issued for 53 Oxford Street, preventing the demolition of the building without first applying for planning permission.
43 responses were received, 40 supporting the immediate article 4 direction, with 3 objecting to the direction. General support for the retention of the building was received and members of the public wished for the former hosiery factory to be preserved and refurbished.
The Council have until the 1st December 2015 to confirm the immediate Article 4 Direction. Once confirmed, the owners must apply for planning permission before the buildings are demolished.
A planning application for the demolition and redevelopment of the building / site has been submitted and is currently pending determination.
Summary of Position
The owner of 53 Oxford Street in the City centre informed the City council as local planning authority of their intention to clear the site by submitting a prior notification of proposed demolition application. The Council, as the local planning authority, had 21 days to determine this application, which expires on 8th June 2015.
As Local Planning Authority, the City Council decided to remove the permitted development rights which would allow demolition of the properties and on 2nd June 2015 served an immediate Article 4 Direction which means that submission of an application for planning permission would now be required to demolish the buildings.
The decision to make an Article 4 Direction was made under powers delegated to the Director of Planning, Transportation and Economic Development on 27th May 2015. Background Information considered in making the decision is set out in the Related Information section on the next page when you click on Online Survey below.
The Direction itself can be found at this linkand will apply for a period of 6 months. In order for the Direction to remain in place beyond this period, the City Council would need to confirm the Direction in line with the provisions of the relevant legislation.