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Article 4 Directions

Article 4 Directions require planning permission to be sought for some works that would not normally be required.

The council has confirmed an Article 4 Direction to land between Elmhaven Marina and Cemex, Rochester Road, Halling. Article 4(1) Direction and site location plan (pdf 1007KB)

In this area planning permission is required for the erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure being development comprised within Part 2 Class A of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 As Amended.

The council has applied Article 4 Directions to dwellings within the following conservation areas:

Conservation Area Dwellings
Upnor Admiralty Terrace: 1-16 consecutive
Admiralty Road: 22-24 (evens); 1, 3 and 4 Admiralty Cottages
Barrack Hill: Waterside Cottage, Elizabeth Cottage, Medway View
High Street: 4, 6, 8, 10, 20, 22 (evens); 1, 5, 7, 8,11, 13, 15, 23 (odds)
Brompton Mill Road, Gillingham: 9-61 (inclusive)
Saunders Street, Gillingham: 35-125 (odds); 98-142 (evens); 154-164 (evens)
St Georges Road, Gillingham: 2-52 (evens)
Trinity Road, Gillingham: 1-23 (odds)
Marlborough Road, Gillingham: 97 - 119 (odds); 145-175 (odds)
Gillingham Park All residential dwelling houses
Maidstone Road, Chatham Maidstone Road, Chatham: 29-79 (odds); 90-132 (evens)
New Road, Chatham Britannic House: flats 1-2
Kingsway House: flats A-G
New Road: 40, 42, 48, 50, 56, 62, 62a, 64, 64a, 64b, 66, 68 (evens)
New Road: 5, 7, 9-13, 15, (15a The Paddock - rear of property only), 17, 17a, 19
New Road, Rochester,
Star Hill,
Star Hill - Sun Pier
High Street, Rochester: 200-392 (evens); 209-379 (odds)
Orange Terrace: all residential dwelling houses
Hammond Hill, Chatham: all residential dwelling houses
Gundolph Road, Rochester: all residential dwelling houses
New Road, Rochester: all residential dwelling houses
St Bartholomews Terrace, Rochester: all residential dwelling houses
Bourne Court: all residential dwelling houses
Nags Head Lane: 2, 10, 12
Delce Road, Rochester: 4
Watts Avenue/Roebuck Road Watts Avenue, Rochester: all residential dwelling houses
Roebuck Road, Rochester: all residential dwelling houses
King Edward Road, Rochester: all residential dwelling houses
St Margaret's Street, Rochester: 33-83 (odds); 76-92 (evens)
Maidstone Road, Rochester: 22-54 (evens); 37-199 (odds)
Ridley Road, Rochester: 1a
Lockington Grove, Rochester: Grove Cottage
Upper Bush, Cuxton, Rochester Beeches View, The Cottage, The Old Bakery
Historic Rochester

Crow Lane: 1 Eden Mews; 12-18 Crow Lane (evens); 1-2 Coachman Mew’s

Eastgate Terrace: 1-9 Eastgate Terrace (consecutive)

Love Lane: Delta House (No 2); 1-15 (odds); 6-12 (evens); 18-24(evens)

St Margaret's Street: Trevine Cottage (St Margaret Mews); 2-6(evens); 3-7 (odds); 27, 27A, 31; Malt House, Malt Mews; The House (26a) 

The Precinct: Easter Garth

George Lane: 2-5, (behind Rochester High Street)(consecutive)

In these areas planning permission is required for even quite small changes to properties. In addition to the major changes that normally require planning permission (for example extending your house) the following minor alterations to the facades of houses which face highways or public footpaths now require an application for planning permission:

  • replacing windows and doors
  • altering roofs (including roof coverings and chimneys)
  • building a porch
  • adding or removing cladding (such as timber or stone) from the walls of houses
  • laying or replacing driveways or paths
  • installing satellite dishes
  • erecting, altering or removing boundary gates, fences, or walls
  • painting, rendering or pebble dashing the walls of a building (excluding the painting of joinery).

Please note, this list is only a summary of the alterations that need planning permission.

Other buildings such as flats, shops or offices have fairly strict planning rules. In general, planning permission is needed for minor changes to buildings in all conservation areas. Check with the Design and Conservation Section at the council by phoning 01634 331700.