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Article 4 direction areas

Article 4 Directions are issued by the Council in circumstances where specific control over development is required. 

This page is related to Article 4 Directions related to built heritage. 

You can find out if you live in an article 4 area through the Councils District Mapping Service, or your My St Albans account.

For information on employment zones and green belt article 4 areas please click here.

Why we have Article 4 Direction Areas

A threat to built heritage continues to be the gradual erosion of character through unsympathetic external alterations to buildings and the streetscene. Works to architectural detailing, boundary treatments and changes to external materials can often be permitted development.

Permitted development is works which does not require planning permission and therefore which the Council has no control over. In specific places these changes have been identified to potentially cause harm to the significance of an area.

The designation of Article 4 Direction areas can help to identify and prevent problems such as these by restricting permitted development rights. This means that planning permission must be sought for some works which would otherwise be permitted development. This means that change can be managed to ensure it does not cause harm to the significance of the area.

Article 4 Direction Areas in Conservation Areas

There are four main areas which are covered by article 4 directions:

For more information on each article four area, including what permitted development rights are withdrawn please use the above links.