Article 4 Directions

If you live in a conservation area you may need planning permission before you can extend or alter your home in a way that would normally be allowed under permitted development.

This special protection is called an Article 4 Direction.

Article 4 - Offices to Residential

For Article 4 Directions to remove permitted development rights to change from B1(a) offices to C3 residential view:

Article 4 Directions - Offices to Residential

Declaring an Article 4 Direction

Some minor alterations and additions can be carried out on single family dwelling houses (not flats) without planning permission, if they conform to 'permitted development rights'. In some specific cases, such as a street or group of similarly designed properties with many original architectural features, such seemingly minor changes can greatly disrupt the character and appearance of these buildings.

In such cases the Council may use its powers when the properties are within a conservation area to declare an Article 4 Direction. The Direction removes those rights to development which normally, do not require planning permission, such as:

  • Small extensions and additions
  • New doors and windows
  • Painting and rendering brickwork
  • Removing chimneys
  • Replacing front gardens
  • Replacing boundary walls with hard surfaces

Planning permission

Under an Article 4 Direction you would need to apply for planning permission.

If permission is not granted householders have the right to appeal the decision.

Before you apply

You should contact us before you carry out any work on a building within a conservation area.

Draft Article 4 Direction for Conservation Area No.78 Cole Park Road

The justification for introducing an Article 4 Direction for Cole Park Road is contained within the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan which we are currently consulting on. The Article 4 Direction is proposed in order to preserve the original architectural detailing to buildings in this area and therefore to protect the area’s significance in terms of its heritage value.

Article 4 Direction documents can be viewed below:

Have your say

Please give us your views using the online survey.

List of Article 4 Directions

Any new Article 4 Direction, unless introduced as an emergency measure, will involve full public consultation.

Download our Article (4) Directions information sheet(pdf, 208KB), or the Article (4) Directions register(pdf, 109KB).

The list below includes more information about each Article (4) Direction:

Article 4 Guidance

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Updated: 20 November 2020