Article 4 Directions, if implemented by NNDC, withdraw certain permitted development rights in the interest of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance’ of a Conservation Area.

The aim in Conservation Areas is to encourage the retention of high quality features on buildings and to enhance the environment of which they are part.

‘Like for like' repairs and replacement of original architectural features is encouraged, as is the removal of previous unsympathetic changes to buildings, (although the latter cannot normally be achieved through compulsion).

However, the intention of a Direction is not to prevent all change. It is really to ensure that any significant changes are subject to planning control, thus allowing for public comment on the proposals and for the local authority to assess their impact on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

Article 4 Directions cannot be made retrospectively. The council cannot require the reinstatement of features such as sliding sash windows where these were lost before the Directions were made.

If, however, original features are altered or removed without planning permission, after a Direction has been made, then the council will take enforcement action to ensure that the appropriate reinstatement of those features is achieved.

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Do Article 4 Directions apply to me?

Please view the list of Article 4 Directions. You should inform your architect, builder, or solicitor that your property is covered by an ‘Article 4 Direction’.

What alterations do I need permission for?

  • Alterations to Elevations, including facing materials, porches, extensions and satellite dishes.
  • Roofs, including changes to roofing material. 
  • Roof Windows, for example; dormer windows would only be permitted if they are present in other buildings in the Conservation Area.
  • Doors and Windows, including the installation of replacements in aluminium or plastic, or in designs other than that which previously existed.
  • Painting/Rendering Facades, every effort should be made to keep original brick work exposed, especially in areas where brick or flint prevails.
  • Hard standings, it may be necessary to prevent cars from dominating the ‘street scene’ and the setting of buildings. Under these circumstances proposals for vehicle hard standings should minimise the impact on the surrounding area through careful attention to paving and landscaping, or they will not be approved.

What about repairs?

If repairs are necessary then these maybe carried out without the need for planning permission, provided that the repairs are carried out ‘like for like’ using the same materials.

What should I do if I want to carry out alterations?

First of all check with the conservation and design team to see whether permission is required. If so, application forms and leaflets will be supplied informing you what will be required with your planning application. Where a planning application is required as a consequence of an Article 4 Direction there is no fee payable.

Your application will normally take less than two months to be decided. If it is refused you may appeal to get the decision reversed.