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Article 4

The Street is covered by what is called an Article 4 Direction.  The Article 4 Direction enables the local planning authority to restrict permitted development rights covering numerous properties within the conservation area and restricting several classes (types) of permitted development. The result is essentially the need for planning permission for specified works which would previously have not required a formal planning application. This does not necessarily mean that the planning authority will refuse permission, but it does enable it to retain some control over design and detailing in order to safeguard the character and appearance of the conservation area and setting of buildings and structures and possibly grant permission subject to appropriate conditions. The Direction was introduced as a result of concerns that the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and setting of listed buildings was being adversely affected by development together with a risk of harm as a result of possible future works.  Whilst development affecting a listed building or its curtilage (i.e. garden) is already restricted and planning permission or listed building consent required for new structures such as porches or garden sheds, the Article 4 direction means that the following will require planning permission from the Council in all cases before works are undertaken:

  1. The enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwelling house (i.e. extensions) the construction of a porch, the provision within its curtilage of a building, i.e. shed or swimming pool and the provision of a hard surface, (e.g. the formation of new runs for access and/or parking) or the installation of a satellite antenna or solar panel;
  2. The erection, construction maintenance, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure within the curtilage of a dwelling house,
  3. The painting of the exterior of any part of a dwelling house (note this does not mean re-painting the same colour or painting of windows in the same or similar colours or carrying out repairs);

For all other properties outside of the Direction, please check whether planning permission is required before carrying out any work.