Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Article 4 Directions

What are Article 4 Directions?

Properties in England and Wales are allowed minor changes without the need for planning permission from the local planning authority - known as 'permitted development rights'. Sometimes the Council will remove these rights to protect the character of an area. This might be, for example, to prevent an over-concentration of houses in multiple occupation or the loss of original features in a Conservation Area.

The application of an Article 4 Direction removes these 'permitted development' rights and is a way in which Councils can control building works and changes of use which would ordinarily be 'permitted development'.

It is important to read the legal information accompanying each individual Article 4 Direction as each is different.

Article 4 Directions related to Houses in Multiple Occupation
Sunnyside and Adjacent Areas
On 14 February 2011 an Immediate Article 4(1) Direction was applied to an area contained within the wards of Sunnyside, St David's and Obelisk. This means that planning permission is required by anyone wishing to change the use of a single dwelling into a "House in Multiple Occupation" (HMO, Use Class C4).

Sunnyside Article 4 Direction
Sunnyside Article 4 Direction Plan
Northampton North and Central
On 28 February 2012, a Non-immediate Article 4(1) Direction was applied to an area contained within the wards of Castle, Abington, Trinity, Phippsville, Semilong, Kingsley, Kingsthorpe, St David's, Sunnyside, Spring Park, Obelisk and Delapre and Briar Hill. This means that planning permission is required by anyone wishing to to change the use of a single dwelling into a "House in Multiple Occupation" (Use Class C4).

Northampton North and Central Article 4 Direction
Northampton North and Central Article 4 Direction Plan

These directions only apply to single (non-C3 Use Class) household dwellings, (use class C3), since, under the General Permitted Development Order 1995, other buildings (including multiple households in one property, commercial or any other non-residential use) do not benefit from the permitted development rights single households enjoy.

A list detailing the types of alteration needing planning permission has to be provided as part of the Direction.

Article 4 Directions related to Conservation Areas
Abington Park

Abington Park Article 4 Direction (download)
Abington Park Conservation Area Page
Barrack Road

Barrack Road Article 4 Direction (download)
Barrack Road Conservation Area Page
Billing Road

Billing Road Article 4 Direction (download)
Billing Road Conservation Area Page
Derngate

Derngate Article 4 Direction (download)
Derngate Conservation Area Page
Kingsley

Kingsley Article 4 Direction 2014(download)
Kingsley Article 4 Direction 1991(download)
Kingsley Conservation Area Page
St Giles

St Giles Article 4 Direction (download)
St Giles Conservation Area Page