Article 4 Directions in the Broads Consultation

You may be aware that there are some things that you can do without needing planning permission – these are called your ‘Permitted Development Rights’. The Broads Authority is proposing to make some changes to these. The changes have not been agreed yet so you are invited to give us your views.


We have been reviewing our planning policies, procedures and provisions as it is appropriate to do periodically. As part of this we have been looking at ‘Permitted Development Rights’ which are set nationally. In some cases the local planning authority will remove these ‘permitted development rights’, for example where it is considered that the local amenity or well-being of an area should be protected from such developments. This is done through a specific legal process under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015, and is called an ‘Article 4 Direction’. This means that in an area covered by an Article 4 Direction, development which would not normally require planning permission does. This does not mean that planning permission will not be granted, but that someone will need to submit a planning application for the development.

Article 4 Directions in the Broads

There are 24 existing Article 4 Directions within (or partly within) the Broads area and these have mostly been inherited from the district and borough councils prior to the Broads Authority being established in 1989.

Existing Article 4 Directions in the Broads

Proposed changes to Article 4 Directions in the Broads

Having reviewed the Article 4 Directions in the Broads, the Broads Authority does not think the following directions are still needed so we are proposing to remove them:

Removal of these directions would restore these permitted development rights - allowing the development described to be undertaken without the requirement for a planning application, subject to the provisions of the General Permitted Development Order.

These can also be viewed at Yare House between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday until Wednesday 20 June 2018.

It is proposed that the Article 4 Directions will be removed with effect from 1 September 2018.


If you have any comments or representations to make on the proposal to remove these directions and restore these permitted development rights, please make these in writing by Wednesday 20 June 2018, 4pm to or Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1RY.

The consultation is open from Tuesday 29 May to Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Other information

General information about Article 4 Directions.

You should note that there may be other existing Article 4 Directions in the area and we will be looking at these in these in the future. If it is proposed to amend them this will be subject to public consultation in due course. Proposals for any new Article 4 Directions will also be subject to public consultation.

If you are thinking about doing any of the development of the type described above, please contact the Planning team using the details in the letterhead to discuss your proposal. We are pleased to provide pre-application advice and guidance on the requirements for planning permission free of charge.

Further information about the Authority’s review is available online.