Local planning policies

Check local constraints

You can use our interactive planning map to find the constraints that affect a property, as well as the history of planning decisions:

Check the interactive planning map

Article 4 direction areas

Properties in Article 4 direction areas have some of their permitted development rights removed.

Check the relevant Article 4 direction document for detail.

View a list of Article 4 direction documents

Conservation Areas and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Our Conservation Areas and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are considered to be designated land. That means greater restrictions are placed on development, and we recommend that you get advice from a planning consultant. You should also:

Listed buildings

Listed buildings have special historical or architectural interest. There are three grades, in order of interest:

  • Grade I (highest grading)
  • Grade II*
  • Grade II(lowest grading)

If your property is listed then you will need to apply for consent before demolishing, altering or extending anything.

Before you design your application you should read our Heritage, Archaeology, and Conservation supplementary planning guidance.

When you apply for planning permission you will need to make sure you choose the listed building consent option.

Locally listed buildings

We also have locally listed buildings. These do not have the same constraints as national listed buildings, but their special status may be considered as a factor when we judge your planning application.

Area of Archaeological Importance

If you are in an Area of Archaeological Importance then you will need to let us know six weeks in advance of starting any ground works, tipping or flooding works.

Let us know about ground works

Air quality

If you're a developer, you must download the air quality mitigation measures guidance note, which gives advice on how you can comply with rules on air quality.