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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).

There are no planning fees payable for applications which are required as a result of an Article 4 direction being imposed. 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 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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