Proposed Conservation Areas of Brownshill Green and Earlsdon

Coventry City Council are consulting upon proposed Conservation Area designation in the areas of Earlsdon and Brownshill Green, in line with the commitments established in the Coventry Local Plan (2011-2031).

In consulting upon this proposed designation, a draft Conservation Area Appraisal inclusive of boundary plan, Management Plan and Article 4 Direction has been produced for comment (copies of which can be found below, see the 'Consultation Documents' section), with public representations welcomed during the period of Wednesday 23rd March to Wednesday 4th May. The Local Authority are conducting this consultation in line with the requirements of the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. 

All comments need to be submitted using our comments form which can be found below in the 'Supporting Documents Section (one for each proposed conservation Area). The completed comment form(s) will need to be uploaded using the 'Respond by uploading a response document.' button below. Only one form can be uploaded each time.

Please note that public representations are submitted with personal information to allow us to develop planning policy and enable a consultation database entry, in order to engage in further participation where appropriate. For more information on how the Council uses your information please refer to

Further information on Conservation Areas in the City can be found on the frequently asked questions page on the council’s website Further information regarding Article 4 directions can be found just below.

If you wish to be added to our consultation database to be kept up to date on planning policy matters please see our consultation page

Conservation Area Article 4 Direction - Consultation Statement March 2022

Purpose of the document 

This consultation statement has been prepared to explain what an Article 4 Direction is; what the Council is seeking to achieve with this Article 4 Direction; and why the Council considers it necessary. The statement will also explain how interested parties can get involved in the process.   

What is an Article 4 Direction? 

Not all forms of development require planning permission from the Council. 

Some types of development benefit from what are commonly called “permitted development rights”. These are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended). 

However, where a Local Planning Authority (the Council) considers it necessary, it can make a direction under Article 4 of this legislation (an Article 4 direction) to over-ride the national allowances. 

The introduction of an Article 4 Direction does not mean that proposed alterations or development types will be refused, however it establishes the need for planning permissions to be sought for those elements covered under the direction.

What does this Article 4 Direction relate to? 

Coventry City Council has previously made commitments within its Local Plan (2011-2031) to consider the creation of Conservation Areas in Earlsdon and Brownshill Green. In line with this commitment, comment is now being sought upon a draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan, which have gone on to inform the consideration of an associated Article 4 Direction. This proposal for an Article 4 Direction seeks to introduce an additional layer of oversight via the planning system to some elements of development which may affect the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

Why is this Article 4 Direction considered necessary? 

Following assessment of the special character of areas which may become Conservation Areas, the Council believe that providing greater oversight on future proposals will contribute toward ensuring development proposals are respectful to local character.

What happens now?

The Council must consult on its intention to introduce an Article 4 direction for six weeks. After this period, it will consider any comments that have been made, and a report will be presented to Committee lead by the relevant Cabinet Member. If this Committee agrees that it is appropriate to impose the Article 4 direction, a decision will be made confirming the Article 4 Direction will be introduced. The Direction will then come in to force no sooner than the 1st July 2022 

Once the Article 4 Direction is in place, will it be possible to make changes to my property? 

If the Article 4 Direction proposed is brought into force, certain elements of permitted development rights will be removed, this means that should you wish to undertake works of the type covered by the Article 4 Direction, planning permission will be required to be sought from the Local Planning Authority.

The introduction of an Article 4 Direction does not itself suggest that alterations will be refused, rather that permissions will be required and proposals will be assessed in regard to their impact upon the character of the Conservation Area.


  • Opened
    23 Mar 2022 at 12:00
  • Closed
    4 May 2022 at 17:00