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Conservation Area No.1 - Wotton-Under-Edge

Wotton Under Edge was first designated as a conservation area in August 1972. It was extended in 1988 and some minor boundary changes were made in 1999 during its first review and appraisal. A Conservation Area Statement (CAS) was adopted in November 1999 as Supplementary Planning Advice (SPA).

The Wotton CAS contains information about the character and special significance of the conservation area, as well as proposals for its conservation and enhancement. The document is used to guide the interpretation and application of Development Plan policies, including Local Plan Policy ES10.

Wotton-Under-Edge CAS (November 1999) 


Article 4 direction

Although the 'Permitted Development Rights' of houses (and buildings other than shops and flats) are restricted within a Conservation Area, the additional controls brought about by designation of the Conservation Area cannot prevent many changes to these buildings. If unchecked, a successive number of such changes could damage the character of the Conservation Area.

On 2nd April 1993, the Secretary of State issued a Direction, which enables the Local Planning Authority to apply controls to certain works of alteration to specific buildings in the conservation area. These works would normally be ‘permitted development'. But in a conservation area an Article 4 direction may be applied, requiring planning permission to be sought for particular works that could potentially have a harmful effect on the character or appearance of the conservation area.

The following residential properties are affected by this Article 4 Direction:

Bear Street    
Bear Street Garage 6a  
4-5 7-8  
Bradley Street    
1 27-29 14
7 31-53 20-36
Wotton United Church 57  
The Chipping    
Church Street    
5-7 11 12
9 13-15 14
11 19 16
The Cloud    
1-3 Church Cottage  
Church Lodge    
Coombe Road    
3 9  
Dyers Brook    
Gloucester Sheet    
23-25 29a-41  
Haw Street    
12-14 27  
High Street    
Long Street    
1-3 The White Lion 27
5 28 43
11 & 11a 30 45
21 21a  
Ludgate Hill    
Manor Lane    
Lisle Cottage    
Market Street    
17 2 6
19 4 8-10
Old Town    
5-7 45 Wotton Royal British Legion
39-43 Congregational Chapel  
39-44 16-24  
Potters Pond    
School Lane    
Symn Lane    
Valley Road    

The works requiring planning permission are as follows:

Development within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse

Class A The enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwellinghouse.
Class B The enlargement of a dwellinghouse consisting of an addition or alteration to its roof.
Class C Any other alteration to the roof of a dwellinghouse.
Class D The erection or construction of a porch outside any external door of a dwellinghouse.
Class H The installation, alteration or replacement of a satellite antenna on a dwellinghouse or within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse.

The above five classes being development comprised within Part 1, Classes A, B, C, D and H referred to in Schedule 2 to the said Order and not being development comprised within any other part. Any works which fall into the above categories will need Planning Permission.

Minor operations:

Class A The erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure.
Class C The painting of the exterior of any building or work.

The above two classes being development comprised within Part 2, Classes A and C referred to in Schedule 2 to the said Order and not being development comprised within any other part. Any works which fall into the above categories will need Planning Permission

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