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Article 4 Directions

Under the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) you are allowed to carry out a range of alterations to your property without the need for planning permission.  These works are known as ‘permitted development’.  

An Article 4(1) Direction allows us to remove permitted development rights granted by the GPDO – this means you would need planning permission for all works specified in the Direction.  

The Direction is limited to external works, and in particular those works that have the potential to erode the special interest of the area and we would serve an Article 4(1) Direction in order to preserve special characteristics that would otherwise be harmed by works which were deemed to be permitted.

Article 4(1) Directions  we have served across the district apply to land already considered to be of special interest; these areas are either partly or wholly within designated conservation areas.  

Article 4(1) Directions within Vale of White Horse:

There is just one Article 4(1) Directions effective in the Vale of White Horse.  This covers numbers 13-16 Thames Street in Abingdon.  This Article 4(1) Direction was served in 1995 on land already considered to be of special interest as it lies within the designated conservation area.  

Works at these properties requiring permission as a result of the direction are: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995:

  • Part 1, Schedule 2; Class A – The enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwelling house, and
  • Part 2, Schedule 2; Class C – The painting of the exterior of any building or work.

If you have any questions about this Article 4(1) Direction please email or call our Conservation team on 01235 422600.

There are a number of other Directions that affect agricultural land and areas of open space that are not specifically related to conservation areas. For enquiries about these directions, please speak to a member of the Planning team.