A consultation about plans to protect key business and office space in the St Albans District is drawing to a close.

Anyone interested in the initiative to protect business premises in certain areas from conversion into flats and houses has until Wednesday 17 May to give their views.

St Albans City and District Council wants to apply restrictions know as Article 4 Directions.  That will mean owners in nine designated areas will no longer have that right.

Instead, they will have to apply to the Council for planning permission for conversions. With the Council committed to retaining key business properties, such applications are likely to be refused.

St Albans Chamber of Commerce, which represents the local business community, supports the proposal.

Anyone wishing to make a submission during the consultations can do so by emailing

planning.policy@stalbans.gov.uk