Article 4

Permitted development rights are a national grant of planning permission which allow certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application.

Where the local planning authority considers it is necessary to protect local amenity or the well-being of an area, permitted development rights can be removed by means of an Article 4 Direction. The effect of the Direction is to bring certain classes of development under planning control, so that they require the benefit of planning permission. This gives a local planning authority the opportunity to consider a proposal in more detail.

The National Planning Practice Guidance provides a useful summary of permitted development and information on the procedure for and implications of making an Article 4 Direction.


Article 4 Directions


Consultation on Class O Offices to Residential

During Summer and Autumn 2020 the Council undertook consultation on an Article 4(1) Direction for Class O "Offices to Residential". Following a decision of Council on 3 December 2020 the Council confirmed a non-immediate Article 4(1) Direction which applies to:

The effect of the Article 4(1) Direction is to remove permitted development rights in respect of "Development consisting of a change of use of a building and any land within its curtilage from a use falling with Class B1(a) offices of the Schedule of the Use Classes Order to a use falling within Class C3 (dwelling houses) of that Schedule."

The Direction and Strategy Group reports are available to be viewed below:

The Direction will come into force on 26 February 2021.

The Council has produced a FAQ document, which provides further information. 

If you have any further queries please contact the Local Strategy Service on 01327 302559.


Conservation Areas

Daventry District Council have introduced Article 4 Directions regarding a number of conservation areas. Further information is available here



Town And Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, As Amended

Direction Made Under Article 4(1) to Which Article 6 Applies

Yew Tree Cottage, 21 Yew Tree Lane and Dale House, 19 Yew Tree Lane Spratton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8HL


On 26 September 2016 Daventry District Council made an Article 4 Direction in respect of the above properties in Yew Tree Lane, Spratton. The Direction was made in response to the threat of demolition of a house, Yew Tree Cottage, which is considered by the Council to make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of this part of the village. The Direction also applies to the stone boundary walls at the site frontage of Yew Tree Cottage and the adjoining property, which provide a strong sense of enclosure and definition along Yew Tree Lane and are typical of the character of such features within the village of Spratton. 

An immediate Article 4 Direction can withdraw permitted development rights from the date that it is served; however it must be confirmed by the local planning authority within 6 months of coming into effect to remain in force. Confirmation occurs after the local planning authority has carried out a local consultation. 

This Article 4 Direction was confirmed on 28th July 2017.

Please note that following a planning application (DA/2017/0407) Yew Tree Cottage was demolished. The Article 4 Direction will be updated in due course.  



Boughton Rise Development

Article 4 Direction for the Boughton Rise Development, also known as the Janla Estate, Boughton, removing permitted development rights for change of use from dwelling houses to houses in multiple occupation