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Article 4 Direction

- additional powers sought by Local Authority under Article 4 of the General Development Order (this is the same article in Scotland and England, although the Orders are different) to control certain classes of permitted development, by introducing the necessity to obtain planning consent before work can proceed. It is fairly normal for authorities to seek article 4 directions in respect of conservation areas, where permitted development such as minor works by house owners or work by statutory undertakers such as electricity boards may be damaging to character. Consent of the Secretary of State is required.