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Article 4 Directions

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Some areas and some buildings are particularly susceptible to harm caused by a succession of small changes. In the case of unlisted buildings many unsympathetic changes could occur without the need for planning permission - this would constitute "permitted development".

An Article 4 Direction means that planning permission is required for those changes that would normally be permitted development. Below is a list of the items that require planning permission and notes which indicate the approach the Council is likely to take.

Alterations to elevations

Material alterations to elevations now require planning permission from the Council. Some applications will be treated on their merit, for example:

  • Porches;
  • Removal of architectural details;
  • Extensions;
  • Other works materially affecting the appearance of the building including satellite dishes.

The Direction is not meant to cover very minor alterations such as burglar alarms. However, please be aware that different controls apply to listed buildings. If you are in doubt please contact a Planning Officer.


A change of roof material will almost certainly require planning permission.

  • If a roof is a pitched roof in a terrace or a group of buildings where natural slates dominate, re-roofing in natural slate will be called for;
  • Where a roof is prominent, man-made (fibrous cement type) slates are not acceptable as an alternative to natural slate.

Generally the retention of natural roofing materials is sought.

Roof windows

Some roof lights do not greatly affect the character of a building and would be acceptable.

Applications for dormer windows would be permitted only if they traditionally existed throughout a particular group of buildings. The bulk and design of a dormer would have to reflect that which previously existed or prevailed in the area, and was appropriate to your particular building.

Doors and windows

The original period design of doors and windows contributes greatly to the character of the Conservation Area and should be retained.

The installation of replacement doors and windows in aluminium, plastic, or in designs other than that which existed on principal elevations, would not receive permission, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Painting facades

Where good quality facing bricks are used throughout an Area it is appropriate that they should remain exposed for this reason.

Permission would not be granted for exterior painting of brickwork in areas covered by the Direction.

Where a facade has already been painted, planning permission would not be required for repainting, or a change of colour, unless it materially alters the appearance.

Textured paint and render

Textured paint or render would not normally receive planning permission in areas where brick prevails.

Hardstandings and curtilage walls

It is recognised that householders will wish to provide space for vehicles on their sites wherever possible. However, some control is necessary to prevent cars from dominating the street scene and the setting of buildings.

Proposals for vehicle hard standings should be refused unless they could be located or screened to minimise the impact on the surrounding area. Careful attention to paving and landscaping is required. Permission to erect a fence, wall or railing on the front curtilage boundary, would normally be approved if it was of a type which prevailed in the area.

In all cases apart from alterations to chimney stacks, permission would be required where the proposed development fronts onto a relevant location. 'Relevant location' means a highway (including footpaths), or open space. Corner plots will normally have two relevant frontages.


No fee needs be paid where an application for planning permission is required as a result of an Article 4 Direction.

So far, the Council has introduced three Article 4 Directions in residential areas of Ipswich. These have been the subject of extensive public consultation with the residents affected and enjoy widespread public support.

Article 4 areas

Norwich Road/Anglesea Road area

The properties affected by the Directions in the Norwich Road/Anglesea Road area are:

  • Alpe Street: 1-47, 2-40
  • Anglesea Road: 23-121, 6-54, 62-66
  • Ann Street: 1
  • Cardigan Street: 2
  • Ivry Street: 19-29
  • Newson Street: 3-13, 2
  • Norwich Road: 121-185, 120-172
  • Oban Street: 3-9, 8 & 10
  • Orford Street: 13-51, 10-78
  • Padget Road: 7-17, 27, 2-8
  • Redan Street: 1-15, 2-16
  • South Street: 2

Christchurch Street area

The properties affected by the Directions in the Christchurch Street area are:

  • Christchurch Street: 25-41, 49, 55-65, 71-101, 28-40, 44-54, 62-70, 74, 78-112
  • Constable Road: 1-7
  • Gainsborough Road: 1-11, 4-16
  • Parkside Avenue: 1-5, 2-10
  • Tuddenham Road: 11, 11a, 15-37, 2-6, 12-26, 30-36, 40-62
  • Westerfield Rd: 1-41, 2-16, 26-48, 52, 54

Central Conservation Area

The properties affected by the Directions in the Central Conservation Area are:

  • Bolton Lane: 1-51

Marlborough Road Conservation Area

The properties affected by the Directions in the Marlborough Road area are:

  • Marlborough Road: 14-44, 5-55
  • Tolworth Road: 1, 6-8

View the Direction and map

The Walk

In addition to the three Article 4 Directions in residential areas there is a further Direction in place in The Walk and part of the Thoroughfare in the Central Conservation Area. This Direction means that planning permission is required for proposals to alter the colour of the timber shopfronts and to change the current yorkstone paving.

The properties affected by the Direction are:

  • Buttermarket; 3-7
  • The Walk; 2-24, 1-15
  • The Thoroughfare; 13-17, 14
  • Tavern Street; 16

The Direction is not intended to cover very minor alterations. However, if you are unsure whether any work you propose to carry out to your property requires planning permission please contact us using the details on the left of this page.

Contact Details

Conservation and Urban Design,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432934