Article 4 Directions

What restrictions are there on building work?

Some permitted development rights are restricted under what is known as the Article 4 Direction. Permitted development is building work, alterations, or other forms of development such as the change of use of land which can be carried out without planning permission.

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Reason and restrictions Confirmation date

Barton Mills Article 4 Direction (adjacent to the A11 at Jubilee Farm)

Under this Direction, the land cannot be used for more than 14 days in any calendar year for holding a market, planning consent will be required to hold a market for more than 14 days.

24 July 2008

The Bury St Edmunds Article 4 Direction applies to the whole of the two conservation areas - the town centre and Victoria Street conservation areas - with the restrictions applying to all individual properties, including commercial properties, as relevant.

The intention is to protect the surviving traditional features of the conservation areas, such as sash windows and wooden panelled doors, and to encourage the accurate reinstatement of traditional features which had been removed in the past. The Direction also applies to modern and commercial buildings to prevent changes being made which might detract from the character and appearance of the conservation areas.

1 July 2015
The Clare Article 4 Direction encompasses the whole of the Clare Conservation Area, with the restrictions applying to individual properties as relevant. 26 July 2016

Eriswell, Lords Walk Estate article 4 Direction prevents the erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure being developed.

Reasons for the Direction

13 November 2018


Various - see Haverhill Article 4 Direction

various locations

3 June 2003

Honington Article 4 Direction

Various locations

20 April 2004

Hundon Article 4 Direction

Various locations

3 June 2003

Red Lodge land adjacent to Long View, Bridge End Road Article 4 Direction prevents the storage of any caravan and the use of the land as a caravan site, it also prevents the: erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure.

26 August 2009

Red Lodge and the surrounding area Article 4 Direction requires that planning consent needs to be obtained in order to site a moveable structure (such as a residential caravan) anywhere within the curtilage of a dwelling (house). It does not relate to parking a small touring caravan on a property.

30 January 1959