Article 4 Directions

What is an Article 4(1) Direction?

The General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) allows for a range of alterations to be undertaken to residential dwellings without the need for planning permission.  These works are known as ‘permitted development’ as they are deemed to have planning permission already granted by the GPDO.  An Article 4(1) Direction is the mechanism by which the Local Planning Authority can remove permitted development rights granted by the GPDO.  In those cases, planning permission is required for all works specified in the Direction.

There are a number of Article 4(1) Directions effective across the district.  These Directions cover the frontage and in some circumstances the rear of the property where a Direction has been served.  The works covered by the Direction are limited to external works and in particular those works that have the potential to erode the special interest of the area.  The Article 4(1) Directions served across the district have been served on land already considered to be of special interest; these areas are either partly or wholly within designated conservation areas.  This is the reason for serving an Article 4(1) Direction; to preserve those characteristics that contribute strongly to the special group interest of a place that would otherwise be harmed by works deemed to be permitted.

Article 4(1) Directions within the district:

The list below contains all of the urban Article 4(1) Directions within the district.  Certain works at addresses covered by Directions served here require planning permission.  For further information or questions, please contact the planning service.

  • Didcot Station Road
  • East Hagbourne Kingsholme Close *new*
  • Henley-on-Thames Reading Road Conservation Area
  • Henley-on-Thames St Mark's Road Conservation Area
  • Wallingford Beansheaf Terrace and Croft Terrace
  • Wallingford Castle Street, Nos. 12-16
  • Wallingford Kinecroft Terrace and Church Lane
  • Wallingford St John's Green
  • Wallingford St Peter's Street, eastern end of High Street, and northern ends of Thames Street and Wood Street
  • Wallingford St Leonard's Lane and southern end of Thames Street

 There are also other Directions that affect agricultural land and areas of open space. For enquiries about these directions, please speak to a member of the Planning Service.

New Article 4(1) Directions

On 15 February 2017 an Article 4(1) Direction was served on Kingsholme Close, East Hagbourne.  This Direction was served with immediate effect and was subsequently confirmed and made permanent on July 4 2017.

There are currently no live Article 4(1) consultations. 

If you have any questions about the Article 4(1) Directions please email planning@southoxon.gov.uk or call a member of the Conservation Team at South Oxfordshire District Council on 01235 422600.

Last reviewed: 12 - 07 - 2017

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