Article 4 Directions

An Article 4 direction removes various forms of permitted development right normally associated with a property. The reasons for the directions are normally to prevent a form of development taking place that would be harmful to the character or amenity of the area.  For this reason the form of development normally permitted through the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 has been restricted.

A planning application can still be submitted, with no fees payable, to carry out development restricted by the Article 4 direction.  However it may not be approved for the form of development restricted.  There are three Article 4 directions relating to controlling changes of use from Class C3 (family dwelling) to C4 (house in multiple occupation).  For further information on these directions, click here to view the Houses in Multiple Occupation section under Planning Guidance on the Council’s website.

Click here to view the list of Article 4 directions with maps.  (pdf, 451kb)

  • Here is our interactive map of the Article 4 Directions in Newcastle
  • You can zoom in and out to get a closer look of the area you're interested in.  Click-and-drag or use the arrow keys to move the move around.  Click a coloured area or red line on the map to display a pop-up box with more information on it.  There is a search option under the map where you can search using a postcode. There is an option in the top right corner of the map to switch the aerial photography on and off.


In addition to the above  permitted development rights have also been removed in a number of cases on individual developments by way of a planning condition attached to the original planning permission for the development . Please contact the Development Management Section for a list of developments where permitted development rights have been removed by way of a condition, by emailing

Regulation 7 Directions

A Regulation 7 direction is carried out under the Town and Country Planning ( Control of  Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 to control various forms of advertisement that would normally enjoy deemed consent (not require advertisement consent) on amenity and safety grounds. At present the only Regulation 7 direction in the City restricts the display of "To Let" boards on residential properties in parts of  Heaton, High West Jesmond, Jesmond, Sandyford, Shieldfield, South Gosforth and Spital Tongues. For further information on this direction please go to the To Let boards controls page.
Contact for further advice in connection with article 4 directions, removal of permitted development rights and regulation 7 directions.

Local Development Order

A Local Development Order  extends the nationally set permitted development rights in a specific area and for a select range of development. The Order streamlines the planning process by removing  the need for developers to make a planning application to create certainty and save time and money for those involved in the planning process.
The only Local Development Order in Newcastle is the Neptune Energy Park Local Development Order (2012) which extends the range of permitted development rights for advanced engineering and manufacturing  associated with the marine offshore related industries and renewable energy low carbon manufacturing industries in sections of  the Walker Riverside area. The Order allows increased sized extensions to industrial buildings and associated plant and machinery above that permitted under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order. The Order expires on 1 April 2020.  Click here to view full details of the Order (pdf, 1mb).

If you have any queries with regard to the Neptune Energy Park Local Development Order please contact  

Page last updated: 
24 January 2019
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