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Planning constraints

Possible constraints

If you are applying for planning permission you should be aware that there may be possible constraints on the land, which could affect your planning application. These include:

Article 3 restrictions

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO) automatically grants planning permission for certain types of development, subject to specified conditions and limitations provided for in Article 3, Schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995. These types of development are generally regarded as being non-controversial and usually acceptable.

However, in some instances extensions and alterations, which are normally permitted under the provisions of Article 3, are restricted in designated areas by what is known as an Article 4 Direction. This means that planning permission must be obtained to make any changes to a property.

Visit our pre-application planning advice pages for more information:

Article 4 Directions

We have restricted permitted development rights in some parts of the borough by making Article 4 Directions. Article 4 Directions are designed to protect buildings and areas from unsuitable alterations, which could otherwise be done without the need for planning permission.

Where permitted development rights have been restricted, planning permission will be required for works falling within the classes of permitted development that have been restricted.

The following sites are affected by Article 4 Directions:

Article 4 Direction – Defined Bracknell Business Areas

Bracknell Forest Council is proposing to make an Article 4 Direction Area for the following business areas in Bracknell:

An Article 4 Direction enables the council to restrict certain permitted development rights. In this case the council is restricting the change of use from offices to residential properties, which was previously achieved following a prior approval process. This means that planning permission needs to be sought to enable such a change of use to occur.

Evidence that the council has collected demonstrates the need to retain office development in the borough’s key employment areas.

Following a consultation period and a consideration of responses, the council’s Executive agreed to confirm the Article 4 Direction and this came into force on 27 February 2018.

View the Executive decision to confirm a non-immediate Article 4 Direction

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