Article 4(1) Directions for conservation areas at Everdon, Flore, Kilsby, Little Everdon, Pitsford, Staverton, Weedon and Welford consultation

Closed 9 Nov 2021

Opened 28 Sep 2021


As the local planning authority, West Northamptonshire Council is consulting on Article 4(1) Directions for eight conservation areas in the Daventry area of West Northamptonshire.

West Northamptonshire Council is undertaking a second consultation on the Article 4(1) Directions for conservation areas at:

  • Everdon
  • Flore
  • Kilsby
  • Little Everdon
  • Pitsford
  • Staverton
  • Weedon
  • Welford

The Article 4 Directions for the conservation areas outlined above can be found on the West Northamptonshire Council: Article 4 directions and heritage (Daventry area) website.

Each Article 4 Direction is tailored to protect the positive features identified in each conservation area, so whilst there are common themes across the Directions, each one is individual.

The Article 4 Directions currently being consulted upon were proposed in the conservation area appraisals for the respective conservation areas and were subject to one round of consultation in autumn 2020.

If you responded to the initial consultation in autumn 2020, there is no need to resubmit your comments – feedback from the previous consultation will be considered alongside the current consultation.

All members of the public and any interested parties are welcome to comment on the content of the Directions.

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Particular types of minor development do not need planning permission, even within conservation areas. These forms of development are termed 'permitted development'.

Whilst they may appear minor when viewed individually, changes through permitted development can cumulatively affect the overall character of a building or conservation area, leading to a gradual erosion of its special interest.

This change is managed by the introduction of planning controls known as Article 4 Directions.

Article 4 directions can be put in place on buildings or parts of buildings to add further controls for features which are particularly important to the historic and architectural interest of the area. This may be with regards to development such as replacing windows, painting the exterior of a property or constructing a porch. Each Article 4 Direction will be clear about precisely which permitted development rights have been removed, and for which properties.

Once an Article 4 Direction is made, planning permission becomes necessary to undertake any development referred to within the Direction. An Article 4 direction does not automatically mean that the development cannot take place, but it provides further controls to ensure that any development that is permitted is appropriate to the character of the locality.

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Article 4 Directions can be made both within and outside of conservation areas.

Article 4 Directions are made by West Northamptonshire Council as the Local Planning Authority. In the process of making the Direction, there will be direct consultation with the properties concerned and the opportunity provided to make comments. 

West Northamptonshire Council is assessing the use of Article 4 Directions alongside the current Conservation Areas review project to establish whether further controls are necessary to protect local character.

What happens next

Once this consultation closes, a report with comments received, alongside the comments from the consultation in autumn 2020, will be presented to the West Northamptonshire Council Cabinet. This report will include any proposed modifications to the Directions.

Article 4(1) Directions that are confirmed by Cabinet will be put in place for perpetuity / forever.


  • Local area planning consultations
  • Planning and building control