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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Location Confirmation date Reason and restrictions
Barton Mills (adjacent to the A11 at Jubilee Farm) 24 July 2008 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.
Bury St Edmunds 1 July 2015 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.
Clare 26 July 2016 The Clare Article 4 Direction encompasses the whole of the Clare Conservation Area, with the restrictions applying to individual properties as relevant.
Eriswell, Lords Walk Estate 13 November 2018 Reasons for the Direction: this Direction prevents the erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure being developed.
Haverhill 3 June 2003 Various - see Haverhill Direction
Honington 20 April 2004 Various - see Honington Direction
Hundon 3 June 2003 Various - see Hundon Direction
Red Lodge land adjacent to Long View, Bridge End Road 26 August 2009 this 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.
Red Lodge and the surrounding area 30 January 1959 this 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.