Article 4 Directions

An Article 4 direction removes some of the normal development rights that are available to property owners. We can issue these for various reasons to preserve elements of an area’s appearance or character.

There are a number of Article 4 directions in Reading – 15 of these relate to patterned brickwork or other architectural features, with the other two relating to conversions from a house to a small house in multiple occupation.

Patterned brickwork

We want to conserve key locally distinctive buildings that contribute to the sense of place in Reading – this includes patterned brickwork. There are 15 Article 4 directions in Reading that remove all permitted development rights including extensions and other permitted works related to areas notable for patterned brickwork. The areas are listed below. Applicants for properties in these areas are advised to contact the planning department for further information.

Street Numbers Reason
Basingstoke Road (St Leonard’s Terrace) 2-16 (even numbers) Grey patterned brickwork
Brisbane Road 3-27 (odd numbers) Grey patterned brickwork
Field Road 3-49 (odd numbers) Patterned brickwork, architectural features
Jesse Terrace 1-35 (all numbers) Architectural features
Junction Road 23-31 (odd numbers) Patterned brickwork, architectural features, original railings / gates
Katesgrove Lane 84-92 (even numbers) Patterned brickwork
Polstead Road 1-33 (odd numbers) Patterned brickwork
Prince of Wales Avenue 48-54 (even numbers) Patterned brickwork
Rectory Road 8-32 (even numbers) Patterned brickwork
Rectory Road 1-17 (odd numbers) Patterned brickwork
River Road 1-7 (all numbers) Patterned brickwork
School Terrace 1-31 (all numbers) Decorative brickwork
Shaftesbury Road 73-103 (odd numbers) Patterned brickwork and terracotta details
Wantage Road 4-34 (even numbers) Patterned brickwork
Wokingham Road 1-19 (odd numbers) Grey patterned brickwork

No. 3 Craven Road

In 2012, the Council introduced policy related to locally listed buildings and has now has a list of locally important buildings. There is an Article 4 Direction that removes permitted development rights for demolition in relation to No. 3 Craven Road.

Site Location Plan – 3 Craven Road

Public notice – Article 4 Direction

Article 4 Direction – 3 Craven Road

Article 4 confirmed immediate direction relating to 3 Craven Road, Reading

Article 4 confirmation of immediate direction relating to 3 Craven Road press and site notice

Small Houses in Multiple Occupation

A small house in multiple occupation – in the C4 planning use class – usually contains between three and six unrelated occupants who share basic amenities. You do not usually need planning permission to change a house into a small HMO (C4 use).

Article 4 Direction is in place covering parts of Park, Redlands and Katesgrove Wards, which removes normal rights to convert a house (C3 use) into a small house in multiple occupation (C4 use). This means you will need planning permission to convert a house (C3) to a small house in multiple occupation (C4) within the area shown on the Article 4 map. Conversion to a large house in multiple occupation – usually with more than 6 unrelated occupants – requires planning permission in any case across the whole Borough.

An Article 4 Direction was made in January 2016 to cover all properties in Jesse Terrace in Abbey Ward. This Direction also removes normal rights to convert a house (C3 use) into a small house in multiple occupation (C4 use). This means you will need planning permission to convert a house (C3) fronting onto Jesse Terrace to a small house in multiple occupation (C4) within the area shown on the Article 4 Map. The direction and a map of the area covered by the direction can be viewed here:

Licensing of HMOs and Building Regulations are covered by separate legislation, and will need to be addressed separately.