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.
An Article 4 Direction does not prevent the development to which it applies, but instead requires that planning permission is first obtained from the local planning authority for that development.
Such Directions are usually applied over an area rather than on an individual property and are registered as a Local Land Charge, so that you will normally be aware of their existence. 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.
The following Article 4(1) Directions are in effect in this District:
- Althorne - Land at Smugglers Club Ground
- Althorne - The Bungalow, Green Lane
- Great Braxted - Braxted Park Farm
- Great Totham - land west of Middle Wood
- Heybridge Basin - leisure plots
- Land in Parishes of St Lawrence, Steeple, Southminster and Bradwell on Sea
- Little Braxted - land west of Kelvedon Road, south of Little Braxted Lane
- Purleigh - Rudley Oaks, Chelmsford Road
- St Lawrence - highway verges within certain roads
- Ulting - lake areas at Hoe Mill Quarry to east and west of the causeway
- Ulting - land at Ulting Wick
- Wickham Bishops - Chantry Wood, Witham Road
- Wickham Bishops - Likely Wood, south east of Whitehouse Farm, Wickham Hall Lane
- Woodham Mortimer - land south of Maldon Road, west of Post Office Road
- Woodham Walter - Thrift Wood, north of Chelmsford Road
- Woodham Walter - West Bowers Farm
There are also Article 4 Directions in effect in Conservation Areas in the District.