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Consultation has taken place about the proposed Article 4 Direction in the conservation area in Clare.
The consultation is now closed.
The purpose of an Article 4 Direction is to restrict the changes which can be made to the outside of a building without planning permission (known as ‘permitted development’). The main aim is to protect the surviving features of the conservation areas, such as traditional windows, wooden panelled doors and boundary walls and railings, and to encourage the reinstatement of traditional features which had been removed in the past. The Direction would also apply to modern and commercial buildings to prevent changes being made which might detract from the character and appearance of the conservation areas.
The new Article 4 Direction encompasses the whole of the Clare Conservation Area, with the restrictions applying to individual properties as relevant. A comprehensive guide about the restrictions is being prepared.
A detailed list of the developments which would be restricted by the new Article 4 Direction is included in Schedules 1 and 2 of the Direction (see below). The restrictions listed in Schedule 1 are effective immediately. Schedule 2 contains restrictions which are intended to take place from 1 October 2016. The Council must have regard to the representations received during the consultation period when deciding whether or not to confirm the new Article 4 Direction.
The consultation documents relating to the Article 4 Direction can be found below: