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Article 4 directions

Find out about article 4 directions, what affect they have on permitted development rights and where they apply in Uttlesford.

Article 4 direction (revocation)

Take Notice that Uttlesford District Council has made a Direction under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (The GDPO).

The direction is intended to revoke the provisions of an earlier order dated 26 September 2011 and confirmed on 12 January 2012. The Direction removed the ability to use some permitted development rights for land at Friars Lane (off Chelmsford Road) Hatfield Heath.


Current planning legislation allows property owners to make alterations to their property without planning permission. This is called 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.

What can an article 4 direction do

Provided that there is justification for both its purpose and extent, an article 4 direction can:

  • remove specified permitted development rights related to operational development or change of use
  • remove permitted development rights with temporary or permanent effect

This means that if a property is subject to an article 4 direction you will need to submit a planning application for permission before you do certain works, which would not normally require permission.

This is to ensure that certain types of development can be managed to preserve the special character of the locality and avoid harmful alterations.

Find if a building is subject to an article 4 direction

You can check if a building, group of buildings or other structure is subject to an article 4 direction by searching our constraints maps (opens new window).

We also publish an 'Order' for each area where article 4 directions apply.

This should also have been highlighted in your 'searches' if you purchased your property after 2011-12. If in doubt, you may wish to contact your solicitor, or check the paperwork from when you purchased your property.

Article 4 direction 'Orders'

Each 'Order' lists all the types of development which required planning permission, and a full list of the properties affected by the order.

The 'Map' shows the extent of the area and the properties affected. 

Article 4 directions within conservation areas

Great Chesterford

Great Chesterford Article 4 Order (PDF) [685KB]  

Great Chesterford Article 4 Map (PDF) [248KB]

 Great Dunmow 

Great Dunmow Article 4 Order (PDF) [692KB]  

Great Dunmow Article 4 North Map (PDF) [1006KB]  

Great Dunmow Article 4 South Map (PDF) [1MB]  


Newport Article 4 Order (PDF) [626KB]  

Newport Article 4 Map (PDF) [385KB]

Stansted Mountfitchet

Stansted Mountfitchet Article 4 Order (PDF) [614KB]

Stansted Mountfitchet Article 4 Map 1 (PDF) [266KB]

Stansted Mountfitchet Article 4 Map 2 (PDF) [348KB]

Stansted Mountfitchet Article 4 Map 3 (PDF) [341KB]

Other article 4 directions


Birchanger Article 4 Order (PDF) [3MB]

Birchanger Article 4 Order Map (PDF) [501KB]


Elsenham Article 4 Order (PDF) [548KB]

Elsenham Article 4 Order Map (PDF) [1MB]


Felsted Article 4 Order (PDF) [1MB]

Felsted Article 4 Order Map (PDF) [1MB]

Hatfield Heath

Hatfield Heath Article 4 Order (PDF) [1MB]

Hatfield Heath Article 4 Order Map (PDF) [328KB]

Leaden Roding

Leaden Roding Article 4 Order (PDF) [1MB]

Leaden Roding Article 4 Order Map (PDF) [202KB]

Sewards End

Sewards End Article 4 Order (PDF) [1MB]

Sewards End Article 4 Order Map (PDF) [492KB]


Stebbing Article 4 Order (PDF) [789KB]

Stebbing Article 4 Order Map (PDF) [1MB]


Ugley Article 4 Order (PDF) [4MB]

Ugley Article 4 Order Map (PDF) [876KB]


Additional information

► You can find information about when planning permission is required and article 4 directions on GOV.UK

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