​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Saltburn article 4 and local development order

Information about the article 4 and local development order in place within Saltburn.

Historic Saltburn is a town that was designed by architects, some well known, others not. 

Those Victorian and Edwardian designers were responsible for the terraces and the leafy suburbs found within Saltburn Conservation Area. 

Over the years their vision has been eroded by alterations to the buildings that form those historic streets.

The issues facing Saltburn Conservation Area are illustrated in Saltburn Conservation Area Appraisal and the Saltburn Conservation Area Management Plan - both available to download and view below:

With a view to stopping any further erosion to the character of the conservation area, the Council consulted on a draft Article 4 Direction and draft Local Development Order for the area between 6 April and 4 May 2021.

After considering the responses received, the Council confirmed and adopted the Direction and Order and the measures came into force on the 10th September 2021.

The Article 4 Direction is made under Article 4(2) of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development)(England) Order 2015 and will protect the character of Saltburn Conservation Area by removing certain 'permitted development rights' otherwise allowed by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

This means that most external alterations to properties within the conservation area will require planning permission. These are set out within the Article 4 Direction and Statutory Notice provided below. Further guidance on the need for planning permission is also provided in a leaflet which can be accessed below.

The Local Development Order (LDO) is prepared under The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)(England) Order 2015 and alongside the Direction.

It seeks to encourage sympathetic alterations to be carried out to properties in the conservation area by allowing specified alterations without planning permission. 

The associated documents can be seen below.

Alternative arrangements to view the documents can be made by emailing strategic.planning@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk or calling 01287 612356.

If you would like further details on alterations which require planning permission or guidance on how to submit an application please contact the Development Management Team using the information below:

planning_admin@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk​  or Telephone: 01642 774774.

Frequently asked questions

We understand that some of the changes implemented through the adoption of article 4 and the Local Development Order will prompt some questions. We have prepared answers to frequently asked questions below:

Would I need planning permission to maintain my property?

No, as like for like maintenance does not require planning permission. For example, you would still be able to replace a fence panel with one of the same appearance or paint your railings.

Would I need planning permission to re-roof my property?

Not if the materials were like for like or were slate or clay as shown in the LDO specification. Re-roofing in a different material would require planning permission.

Would I need planning permission to remove or shorten my chimney?

Yes, planning permission would be required.

Would I need planning permission to replace my windows?

Yes, unless they are exact like for like replicas of the current windows in the property or meet the specifications set out in the Local Development Order.

Would I need planning permission to change the colour of my front door or window frames?

No, repainting in another colour does not require planning permission.

Would I need planning permission to paint my house?

Yes, unless it is already painted.