Even in conservation areas, certain types of minor development and alterations don’t normally require planning permission. These works are often referred to as being 'permitted development'. Individually, many of these changes may appear fairly minor but added together they can have a significant effect on the character and appearance of a conservation area.
Article 4 (2) Directions, provide the opportunity to control minor development by removing certain 'permitted development' rights within conservation areas. Generally they only apply to dwellings and relate to changes on the main elevations of properties facing onto a highway or public open space.
Article 4 (2) Directions mean that planning permission is required for alterations to windows, doors, roofs and chimneys - including changes in materials, like using UPVC windows. Permission is also required for erecting porches, gates, walls and fences, the laying down of hardstanding and the demolition of walls around dwellings.
These work in much the same way as Article 4 (2) Directions but the controls in place affect all parts of a property and not just those facing onto a road or park. In West Lancashire, only Newburgh Conservation Area is covered by an Article 4 (1) Direction. Click on the link below to view details of the Article 4 (1) Direction.
Article 4 (2) Directions restrict some changes to properties in the Conservation Areas listed below. Click on the name of each Conservation Area to view details of the type of changes and development restricted. Article 4 (2) Directions can cover the whole of, or only part of a Conservation Area. To view maps of the Conservation Areas listed below and the extent of the Directions in place, please visit the Conservation Area maps page.
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