An Article 4 Direction enables greater management of planning related changes in a particular location. They work by removing permitted development rights over certain works.

This means that planning permission is required for specific developments that would otherwise not require an application for planning permission. This means we can better protect the character or land use in a specific location or area.

Article 4 Direction covering Hatfield

The Council has made a Direction covering the whole of Hatfield to remove the permitted development right which enables additional storeys to be built onto existing blocks of flats. This is to safeguard the setting and character of a number of important heritage assets in the town, which can be affected by taller buildings, including the nationally important Hatfield House and Park. The Direction would remove these permitted development rights, so requiring landowners to seek planning permission for any such proposed developments. It is proposed that this would come into force on 07 July 2022 and the Council will be consulting on proposals until 23 August 2021. The full details of the Article 4 and a plan of the area covered are below and anyone wishing to respond to the consultation can do so by clicking on the Respond Online link below:

Icon for pdf Additional Storeys Article 4 - Made - July 2021

Respond Online

Alternatively you can submit your comments by email to planningprojects@welhat.gov.uk

Article 4 Direction on Land to the West of Vineyards Road, Northaw

The Council has made an immediate direction under Article 4(1) of the Order at Land to the west of Vineyards Road, Northaw following the sale/auction of parts of land into plot.  The Council is concerned that this increases the possibility of harmful development such as fences and temporary use of the land in the green belt.   The Direction removes these permitted development rights.   It requires landowners to seek planning permission and creates the opportunity for the Council to take enforcement action if any breaches occur.  

Consultation on this has now closed and responses will be considered by the Council as soon as possible.

Icon for pdf Sealed Immediate Article 4 Direction dated 7 April 2021

Employment Sites 2021

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is proposing to introduce an Article 4 Direction on a number of employment sites across the borough. An Article 4 Direction on these sites came into effect in 2020 which removed the rights to convert offices to residential accommodation (see below Employment Sites 2020).

This new proposed Article 4 would have the effect of withdrawing permitted development rights which allow the demolition of a building used as offices, research and development, or light industrial, or any combination of those uses, and it's replacement with a purpose built block of flats or a purpose built detached house without planning permission.

These changes will take effect from 01 February 2022 and details of the proposals can be found in the attachment below.

Icon for pdf Article 4 Direction - Employment Areas Feb 2021

Article 4 Direction on land at Digswell Park Road

The Council has confirmed an Article 4 Direction at Digswell Park Road following the sale/purchase of these land parcels as sub-divided plots.  The Council is concerned that this increases the possibility of harmful development such as fences, new accesses and temporary use of the land in the green belt and within the setting of the Grade II* listed Welwyn/Digswell viaduct.   The Direction removes these permitted development rights.   It requires landowners to seek planning permission and creates the opportunity for the Council to take enforcement action if any breaches occur.

Icon for pdf 20-11-25 Confirmed A4D Signed & Sealed

Employment Sites 2020

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has introduced an Article 4 Direction on a number of employment sites across the borough:

(i) Welwyn Garden City Employment Area
(ii) Hatfield Business Park (including Bishop Square)
(iii) Beaconsfield Road / Great North Road in Hatfield
(iv) Sopers Road, Cuffley

This will have the effect of withdrawing permitted development rights which allow offices to be converted to residential uses without planning permission, so any such proposed conversions would in future require planning permission to be sought.

These changes took effect from 12 October 2020. A copy of the order and accompanying site plans can be found here: Icon for pdf Article 4 confirmed - Employment Sites 17.09.20

Public consultation on these changes closed on 21 November 2019 and representations received can be viewed on our consultation portal

Earlier Article 4 Directions

There are also a number of Article 4 Directions in place dating from the mid 2000's and earlier and these are listed below.

Northaw and Cuffley

Three historic Article 4 Directions exist on different sites in the Northaw and Cuffley Parish. Article 4 Directions came into force for Land to the West of Coopers Green Lane in Northaw, Land South of the Ridgeway in Northaw and Land South West of Burleigh Way in Northaw and Wells Farm, in Cuffley in 2003, 2005 and 2006 respectively. These Article 4's restrict the erection, maintenance, improvement or alteration of fences, walls and gates etc. and place limits on the use of the land for temporary events. Full details are set out in the Directions below:

Icon for pdf article 4 - land s of the ridgeway northaw - dated 4 may 2005 Icon for pdf article 4 - land sw of burleigh way and land at wells farm northaw dated 24 nov 2006 Icon for pdf article 4 - land w of coopers lane northaw dated 23 jan 2003

A fourth Article 4 Direction, dating from 1951, covers the whole Parish and places restrictions on agricultural buildings on the land. Full details are set out in the Direction below:

Icon for pdf Article 4 - Northaw Cuffley -dated 20 December 1951

North Mymms (West of Brookman's Park)

An Article 4 Direction from 1984 covers land South of Bradmore Lane, North Mymms and places limits on the use of the land for temporary events. Full details are set out in the Direction below: 

Icon for pdf article 4 - land at north mymms brookmans park dated 9 march 1984