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Buildings and areas covered by Article 4 Directions

Some buildings and areas have Article 4 Directions in force. This gives the council control over some development where there are special reasons for doing so. For conservation areas this is to preserve and enhance the conservation area.

The provision of these directions is given under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995.

Making changes when Article 4 Directions are in force

Article 4 directions withdraw certain permitted development rights to give extra protection to certain properties, such as removal of timber windows, doors and chimneys, and painting of previously unpainted brickwork.

This means that you have to submit a planning application for work which may not normally need one. You can apply online for planning permission.

Some works may be permitted but you should contact us to discuss them with the conservation officer.

Current Article 4 Directions

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Houses of multiple occupation (HMO)

We do not use Article 4 Directions to restrict houses in multiple occupation, which are covered by a different scheme.

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