Heritage and conservation

3. Article 4 directions

If we believe that specific planning problems exist in a conservation area, for example unsympathetic alterations to houses that harm or erode its character, we can make an 'Article 4 Direction'. This means certain types of development are no longer exempt from planning permission.

Do I need planning permission if I live in an area with an Article 4 Direction?

If you are considering embarking on any alterations to the exterior of your property and are in any doubt about whether planning permission will be required, please consult our Do I need planning permission? section.

What about changes that have already been made prior to the Article 4 Direction?

The Direction is not retrospective and the restrictions come in to force on the date of the Direction. The Direction will not require you to make any changes in retrospect to your property.

Article 4 guidance notes

Conservation AreaDesignationConfirmationArticle 4
Windmill Hill NorthApril 1998August 19982
MiltonNovember 1998April 19992
Upper Windmill StreetNovember 1998April 19992
Darnley RoadSeptember 1999March 20002
Windmill Hill SouthSeptember 2007February 20082
King StreetMarch 2008July 20082
Pelham Road/The AvenueJuly 2008October 20082
RiversideSeptember 2008November 20082
OvercliffeOctober 2008December 20082
Hook GreenFebruary 2009May 20092
CobhamJune 2009July 20092
Meopham GreenAugust 2009October 20092
Milton Place ExtensionNovember 2009December 20092
The Street, MeophamNovember 2009December 20092
Chestnut GreenFebruary 2010March 20102
Upper Windmill Street extensionMarch 2010May 20102
ShorneNovember 2010December 20101
Darnley Road extensionNovember 2010December 20101
Thong, ShorneNovember 2010January 20111
Church Street, HighamNovember 2010January 20111
Harvel, MeophamNovember 2010January 20111
The Hill, NorthfleetDecember 2010January 20111
Queens Farm, ShorneDecember 2010January 20111
Lower HighamPending 

Please note that from April 2010 Article 4(2) directions have been replaced with Article 4(1) directions.  The effect of an Article 4(1) direction is identical to that of the previously issued Article 4(2).