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Article 4 Directions in Conservation Areas

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  1. Conservation Areas in Stroud District
  2. Article 4 Directions in Conservation Areas
  3. Conservation area no.1 - Wotton Under Edge (*adopted CAS)
  4. Conservation area no.2 - Amberley
  5. Conservation area no.3 - Box
  6. Conservation area no.4 - Minchinhampton
  7. Conservation area no.5 - Berkeley
  8. Conservation area no.6 - Bisley (*adopted CAS)
  9. Conservation area no.7 - Frampton on Severn (*adopted CAS)
  10. Conservation area no.8 - Kingswood (*adopted CAS)
  11. Conservation area no.9 - Alderley
  12. Conservation area no.10 - South Woodchester
  13. Conservation area no.11 - Miserden
  14. Conservation area no.12 - Pitchcombe
  15. Conservation area no.13 - Painswick
  16. Conservation area no.14 - Nympsfield
  17. Conservation area no.15 - Stinchcombe
  18. Conservation area no.16 - Stroud Top of the Town (*adopted CAS)
  19. Conservation area no.17 - Stroud Town Centre (*adopted CAS)
  20. Conservation area no.19 - Chalford Hill
  21. Conservation area no.20 - Chalford Vale
  22. Conservation area no.21 - Dunkirk Mills and Watledge (*adopted CAS)
  23. Conservation area no.22 - Ebley Mills (*adopted CAS)
  24. Conservation area no.23 - France Lynch
  25. Conservation area no.24 - Lodgemore and Fromehall Mills (*adopted CAS)
  26. Conservation area no.25 - Longfords Mills (*adopted CAS)
  27. Conservation area no.26 - Stanley Mills (*adopted CAS)
  28. Conservation area no.27 - St Mary's and Belvedere Mills (*adopted CAS)
  29. Conservation area no.28 - Stroud Station (*adopted CAS)
  30. Conservation area no.29 - Stroud Industrial Heritage (*adopted CAS)
  31. Conservation area no.30 - Uley
  32. Conservation area no.31 - Nailsworth
  33. Conservation area no.32 - Dursley
  34. Conservation area no.33 - Woodmancote
  35. Conservation area no.34 - Stratford Park (*adopted CAS)
  36. Conservation area no.35 - Gyde House
  37. Conservation area no.36 - Randwick
  38. Conservation area no.37 - Sharpness Old Dock
  39. Conservation area no.38 - Eastcombe
  40. Conservation area no.39 - Saul
  41. Conservation area no.40 - Bussage and Brownshill
  42. Conservation area no.41 - Sheepscombe
  43. Conservation area no.42 - Arlingham

Some of Stroud District's conservation areas are affected by Article 4 or Article 4(2) Directions, which remove certain permitted development rights from some houses in the conservation area. 

Find out more about Article 4 Directions in the following conservation areas:

Wotton Under Edge    Bisley    Frampton on Severn     Stroud Top of Town     Stroud Town Centre

'Permitted Development Rights' (PD rights) normally allow some forms of development to be carried out without having to obtain Planning Permission in advance. Although the designation of a conservation area does bring with it some limitations to residential PD rights (primarily related to demolition and the size and position of home extensions that can be carried out without Planning Permission), these limitations generally cannot prevent many changes to buildings. If unchecked, a successive number of quite minor changes has the potential to damage the character and special architectural interest of a Conservation Area.

For this reason, Local Planning Authorities can make an Article 4(2) Direction or can apply to the Secretary of State to make an Article 4 Direction, the effect of which is to remove specified PD rights from houses (known as "dwellinghouses") in a conservation area. Article 4 Directions do not apply to flats or commercial properties, as these don't have the same permitted development rights in the first place. 

As a consequence of the Article 4 or Article 4(2) Direction, certain works of alteration to specified residential properties will require an application for Planning Permission, so that their potential impact on the character and special interest of the conservation area can be properly assessed. 

In the case of an Article 4(2) Direction, the controls only apply in circumstances where the proposed works are on elevations which front a public highway or public open space.  

The National Planning Policy Framework advises that all Article 4 directions should be applied in a measured and targeted way. They should be based on robust evidence, and should apply to the smallest geographical area possible. The potential harm that the Article 4 Direction is intended to address needs to be clearly identified and justified. In a conservation area, this would usually be done through a Conservation Area Appraisal and/or Management Plan. 

Does an Article 4 Direction mean that development is not allowed?

An Article 4 Direction only means that a particular development cannot be carried out under Permitted Development and therefore needs a planning application. This gives the local planning authority the opportunity to consider a proposal in more detail.

Is a planning application fee payable where development that would otherwise have been permitted development requires a planning application?

Yes, a planning application fee may be payable. Details of planning fees are set out in the 2012 Fees Regulations, as amended.

What else do I need to know about Article 4 directions and Permitted Development?

An Article 4 Direction is a direction under article 4 of the General Permitted Development Order which enables the Secretary of State or the local planning authority to withdraw specified permitted development rights across a defined area.

further information Article 4 directions relate to Permitted Development (PD) rights. PD rights are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, as amended. Permitted development rights for householders: technical guidance has been issued by the government.

The rules around this are complex and can be difficult to interpret. If you are considering carrying out works in a conservation area, it is advisable to check with the planning department, to see if you need to get permission. 





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