Heritage assets

Design guides and list of areas

Planning and Article 4 Directions

An Article 4 Direction is a special control which gives extra protection to a conservation area by removing some of the owner's planning development rights. 

This relates to works such as:

  • changing windows and doors to the front elevation
  • painting the front of the house
  • paving over the front garden
  • removing or building front garden walls
  • replacement roof tiles
  • removal of chimneys
  • erecting sheds and outbuildings in rear gardens.

These directions allow the council to manage small scale change to houses that might otherwise gradually erode the special features of the buildings and the character of the conservation area.  Where an Article 4 Direction applies, planning permission is required for the specified works. 

Existing Article 4 Directions

All of Brent’s residential conservation areas are covered by Article 4 Directions

Replacement Article 4 Directions

On 7 September 2020 the Brent Council's Cabinet gave its authorisation to proceed with making non-immediate new Article 4 Directions to replace the existing Directions for its residential conservation areas.  The consultation period ran from 9 November to 17.00 PM on 18 December 2020. The Council is considering the representations received and will make a decision on whether the new Article 4 directions will be confirmed by Spring 2021.

The new Article 4 Directions can be found on the links below and during the consultation period will be available for inspection at Brent public libraries. 

Unsigned Article 4 Direction

View the consultation statement

If you have any questions or would like any further information please emailplanningstrategy@brent.gov.uk