Article 4 Directions

Current planning legislation allows property owners to make alterations to their property without planning permission. This is called Permitted Development. An Article 4 Direction removes this right, so that certain types of alterations will require planning permission.

What is an Article 4 Direction?

Current planning legislation allows property owners to make alterations to their property without planning permission. This is called Permitted Development. An Article 4 Direction removes this right, so that certain types of alterations will require planning permission.

Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, a Local Authority may make a direction to remove certain permitted development rights if it feels that such development would be harmful to the character of an area. By serving an Article 4 Direction order, it allows councils to better manage development in these sensitive areas by encouraging positive development and ensuring that development that would be harmful can be resisted.
 

How can I find out if my property is subject to an Article 4 Direction?

If your house falls within one of the following conservation areas, you may be subject to an Article 4 Direction; Newport, Great Chesterford, Stansted Mountfitchet and Great Dunmow.

To check, you can use our online map on the link below. This should also have been highlighted in your 'searches' if you purchased your property after 2011/2012. If in doubt, you may wish to contact your solicitor, or check the paperwork from when you purchased your property.

You can find out whether your house is subject to an Article 4 Direction by using our online mapping system. 

Find out if your house is subject to an Article 4 Direction
 

How does an Article 4 Direction affect my property?

An Article 4 Direction restricts certain permitted development rights. This means that you will need to submit a planning application for permission before you do certain works, which would normally not require permission. This is to ensure that certain types of development within the conservation area can be managed to preserve the special character of the locality and avoid harmful alterations. 

To find out how your property is affected, please choose the relevant order for your area, below. The 'Order' lists all the types of development which required planning permission, and a full list of the properties affected by the order. The 'Map' shows the extent of the area and the properties affected. 
 

Article 4 Directions within conservation areas

Great Chesterford

 Great Dunmow 

Newport

Stansted Mountfitchet

Other Article 4 Directions

Birchanger

Elsenham

Felsted

Hatfield Heath

Leaden Roding

Sewards End

Stebbing

Ugley