Because standard conservation area controls were found to give insufficient protection to certain significant elements of a building, this led to the application of further controls in some conservation areas (those in the former Waveney area).
Local authorities are able to increase controls within conservation areas through the application of Article 4(1) directions. These were formerly called article 4(2) directions but were identical in all but name. These make further restrictions on permitted development rights to residential properties. Once imposed in an area, planning permission will be required to make any change of design or material to any part of the property facing a public thoroughfare (defined as a highway, waterway or open space). This includes replacing windows, painting previously unpainted buildings or stripping paint from them, erection, alteration or demolition of part or all of a wall, fence, gate or other enclosure or the construction of a porch. Also covered is the enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwelling, any alteration to its roof, the provision of a building, enclosure, swimming pool, hard surface, etc., within the grounds, or 'curtilage', of the building.
The requirements for making applications still apply. For example, providing plans and supporting information as outlined on the appropriate forms. Remember that elevations of your property not visible from a public place (other than roof or chimneys) are not affected and these will enjoy the normal 'permitted development' rights for a conservation area. Copies of Article 4(1) and 4(2) directions copies can be obtained from our Land Charges Team.
Article 4 directions do not affect: