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Article 4 Directions

Current planning legislation allows property owners to make alterations to their property without planning permission. This is called Permitted Development. An Article 4 Direction removes this right, so that certain types of alterations will require planning permission.

Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, a Local Authority may make a direction to remove certain permitted development rights if it feels that such development would be harmful to the character of an area. 

The effect of these Article 4 Directions is that planning permission is required for the specified minor developments and changes of use in the affected area(s).

Further details of the relevant fees associated with applying for planning permission, can be found on the Planning Application Fees page.  In Uttlesford there are Article 4 Directions on properties with conservation areas and a small number of Article 4 Directions in other parts of the district.

Article 4 Directions for the Local Heritage List

An Article 4 direction may also be applied to individual properties outside of a conservation area, where the council considers it is necessary to protect the character or that area. This can include buildings identified as being of local importance to the wider character of an area, such as those identified on a Local Heritage List.

As above, the Article 4 direction restricts permitted development rights on a given area, or individual properties, to ensure that their special interest is preserved, and continues to contribute to the character of the wider area.

If it feels this additional level of protection is necessary, the council may look to issue an Article 4 Direction for the Local Heritage List, in the future. This would involve a separate report and full public consultation.  

Please note: On 11 January 2018, Cabinet agreed a report to support the principle of an Article 4 Direction order on selected structures on the Local Heritage List, however, this is a separate process and will be subject to a further report and full public consultation as detailed above.

Article 4 Directions within conservation areas

The has reviewed the conservation areas within the district and has served Article 4 Directions on some properties within a number of  areas. Please see below details of the orders served. You can also search to see if individual properties are subject to any Article 4 Directions by using our Local Land Charges and Searches mapping function.

Great Chesterford

 Great Dunmow 


Stansted Mountfitchet

Other Article 4 Directions




Hatfield Heath

Leaden Roding

Sewards End




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