Article 4 Directions
Under the Town and Country Planning Acts, a number of minor alterations to buildings are deemed to have been given planning consent by the Secretary of State. This ‘permitted development’, as set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, allows work to be undertaken without planning permission.
This would normally include household developments such as the replacement of windows and doors and the construction of extensions (including conservatories, garages and porches), in addition to other works such as the installation of solar panels and alterations to boundary walls/fences. An Article 4 Direction removes some or all of these permitted development rights.
Please note that the demolition of certain unlisted buildings outside of Conservation Areas may also be permitted development and an Article 4 Direction could be made to remove this. Currently there is one Article 4 Direction in Bassetlaw District, covering the Mr Straws Conservation Area.
How are owners affected?
Owners or occupiers will require Planning Permission for alterations to those parts of a building covered by the Article 4 Direction. Failure to obtain Planning Permission for such alterations may result in enforcement action being taken by the Council. There is no fee for an application for works affected by the Direction, although the normal fee will still apply for works ordinarily requiring Planning Permission.
The aims of an Article 4 Direction are to:
- Protect the historic architectural features of buildings within the affected area; and
- Seek the enhancement of the affected area where changes are proposed, by restricting unsympathetic architectural changes and encouraging the reintroduction of traditional features.
What types of historic architectural features do Article 4(1) Directions aim to protect?
The first aim of an Article 4 Direction is to protect those architectural features which could ordinarily be altered or removed without the need for Planning Permission. Of these features, windows and doors are the most vulnerable to such change. Boundary walls/fences/railings/gates, rainwater goods, roof materials, chimneys and other types of joinery and ironwork (such as bargeboards, finials and brackets) are also at significant risk.
What will be expected of new development/alterations?
The second aim of an Article 4 Direction is to seek the enhancement of the affected area, by restricting unsympathetic changes to buildings (such as the introduction of PVC-u windows) and encouraging the use of traditional architectural features and materials.
Article 4(1) Directions in Bassetlaw
Currently there is one Article 4 Direction in Bassetlaw, covering the Mr Straws Conservation Area. This Article 4(1) Direction was made on the 15th August 2013, after which, a 6-week consultation was carried out in the affected area and with the relevant external consultees. Following this, authorisation for the confirmation of the Direction was given at Planning Committee on the 18th December 2013 and the Direction was then formally confirmed on the 19th December 2013.
- Mr Straws Article 4(1) Direction & Map - 19th December 2013
- Mr Straws Article 4(1) Direction Consultation Report - 19th December 2013
- Mr Straws Article 4(1) Direction – A Guide for Owners & Occupiers - 19th December 2013