Article 4 Directions are issued by the Council in circumstances where specific control over development is required, primarily where the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened. They are therefore more commonly applied to conservation areas.

Such Directions are usually applied over an area rather than an individual property and are registered as a Local Land Charge, so that you will normally be aware of their existence.

You can always check with your Council.

The effect of such a Direction is to remove permitted development rights, thereby necessitating a planning application to be made.

Article 4 Directions are not issued without careful consideration, because the Council may be required to pay compensation in circumstances where you cannot obtain planning permission for development which otherwise would be treated as permitted development.