Particular types of minor development do not need planning permission, even within conservation areas. These forms of development are termed ‘permitted development’.

Whilst they may appear minor when viewed individually, changes through permitted development can cumulatively affect the overall character of a building or conservation area, leading to a gradual erosion of its special interest.

This change is managed by the introduction of planning controls known as Article 4 Directions. Article 4 Directions which were confirmed by Daventry District Council in February are due to come into force on Monday 2nd November and relate to development within Boughton conservation area.

The directions can be viewed online https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/planning-policy/conservation-areas/article-4-directions-and-heritage/