Leigh Article 4 Direction

As part of the re-appraisal of Leigh Town Centre Conservation Area, Wigan Council is consulting on a potential Article 4 Direction affecting a number of properties on The Avenue, Henrietta Street and Church Street. 

Residential properties enjoy a series of permitted development rights that allow certain works to be carried out without the need to obtain planning consent, such as replacement windows, doors, demolition of boundary walls, installation of solar panels, amongst others. Where a property is in a conservation area, changes to these features can negatively impact upon the character of the conservation area and erode what we consider to be special about it. 

In order to ensure that this valuable character of the conservation area is maintained, the Council is proposing to restrict what works can be carried out without obtaining planning consent in relation to some groups of properties in the conservation area. This would mean that owners would have to apply for planning permission for some works to the exterior of their property that currently would be classed as ‘permitted development’ and so would not require planning permission. This process of changing permitted development rights is known as an Article 4 Direction (referring to Article 4 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015).

The order can be viewed below along with plans of the properties affected.

Have your say!

Comments are welcomed between 10th March and 31st March. Comments can be made by email or online.

If the Council is minded to confirm the Article 4 Direction, it will come into effect on 17th June 2022.

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