An Article 4 Direction is a planning power for unlisted dwelling houses
It can apply to a single house or a larger area.
An Article 4 Direction is only used for areas or buildings with significant historic quality or character.
Article 4 Directions give greater control over planning alterations. This is because they can remove 'permitted development' rights. As a result, small extensions and alterations in a conservation area may need planning permission. Examples include:
An Article 4 (2) Direction was approved in 2002 applying to dwelling houses in Wisbech and Bowthorpe conservation areas. This means that planning permission is needed for:
On 22 March 2022, a new Article 4 Direction was approved for Land at How Fen, Rear of Meadow Farm, Horseway near Chatteris. This means that a grant of planning permission must be obtained for development of the type to which it applies.
The consultation concerning this Article 4 Direction has now closed. The decision on whether or not to confirm the Direction will be made at the Council's Cabinet Meeting on 15 August 2022.