If you live in a single occupancy (family), house in a
conservation area, you can normally undertake 'minor works'
e.g. changing windows and doors, without making planning
applications. This is because you have what are
called ‘Permitted Development’ rights.
More information can be found on the Planning Portal
The council can however control minor works by means
of an Article 4 Direction
This direction removes all or some of the permitted development
rights within part of the councils area. In some parts of the
council's conservation areas permission is likely to be
required for minor works affecting the appearance
of family houses. These works may include:
- Extensions to the property.
- Outside alterations such as new windows or door.
- Re-roofing or alterations to the chimneys ridge, tiles
- Covering gardens in tarmac or concrete.
- Removing garden walls.
- Creation of car parking space.
- Putting up gates fences or walls.
- Covering walls by rendering or painting the brick work.
None family buildings - Planning permission
will be required for works which affect the appearance of non
family dwellings e.g. flats, offices, shops and some
industrial/commercial buildings, whether they are in a
conservation area or not.
Planning conditions - The council can also
remove permitted development rights by means of conditions on the
grant of a planning permission.
Repair - Provided the same types of material
and construction are used, the repair and maintenance of buildings
does not need planning permission.
Listed below are those conservation areas in
North Lincolnshire which are currently subject to Article 4
- Barrow upon Humber
- Barton upon Humber
- Burton upon Stather
- Kirton in Lindsey
- New Frodingham, Scunthorpe
- Saxby All Saints
New directions - By end 2013 the council
aims to rationalise its use of Article 4 Directions by
making a new series called Article 4 (2)
Directions. These will control minor works affecting
those parts of family houses visible from public places in
Except in Burton upon Stather, New Frodingham and Saxby All
Saints, exiting Article 4 Directions will be replaced by Article 4
Ultimately all 17 of the council's conservation areas will
be covered by some form of Article 4 Direction controlling minor
To check if your property is subject to such conditions please
local development control officer.