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.

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.

New Article 4 Direction for Mays Road Conservation Area (No.42)

We have made an Article 4 Direction for specific parts of Mays Road Conservation Area (No. 42).

The justification for introducing an Article 4 Direction for Mays Road is contained within the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan, which we are consulting on from 24 October to 2 December 2022. The Article 4 Direction has been made to preserve the original architectural detailing of buildings in this area and therefore to protect the area’s significance in terms of its heritage value.

The owners/occupiers of properties affected by this Article 4 Direction have been notified, and have the opportunity to make representations until 2 December 2022 via the online survey. Any objections received on this Article 4 Direction will be considered before a decision is made whether or not to confirm the Direction.

Article 4 Direction documents can be viewed below:

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:

Updated: 24 October 2022

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