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Conservation area consultation – Article 4 Directions

We undertook a public consultation in 2016 to explore proposed changes to permitted development rights within the Adelaide Park and Malone Park Conservation Areas through an Article 4 Direction. We are now going out for reconsultation as there has been an update to the fee and an opportunity to make refinements to the initial consultation. 


Conservation areas are defined as areas of special architectural or historic interest. Built heritage designations such as conservation areas provide the city with a strong sense of place. They suggest continuity and stability, provide aesthetically pleasing quality environments, and contribute to a high quality of life. All of which stimulates economic activity, investment and tourism. 

We're proposing to use Article 4 Directions to further protect the unique character and appearance of these areas. This would mean that you'd need planning permission for the following works: 

  • replacing window frames
  • replacing doors and
  • creation of hardstandings (hard surfacing in tarmac or pavers to fronts of dwellings replacing lawns). 

We also want to find out if there would be support to bring painting of exteriors and dwellings and erection of porches under planning control.

This does not mean that windows and doors can't be changed or hardstandings can't be created, but just that these changes can be managed by applying for planning permission.


The reconsultation was open for four weeks from Monday 19 June – Monday 17 July

Fee update and refinements to the initial consultation include: 

  • Fee update - The original consultation stated that no fee would apply, however there is the requirement to pay a reduced fee of £64 when making an application for planning permission through an Article 4 direction. 
  • Enlarging window openings – this question has been omitted.

In 2016 a question was asked as to whether altering the size of window and door openings should come under planning control. Under Article 105(8) of the Planning Act (NI) 2011, demolishing part of a building requires conservation area consent. As consent would be required for the demolition associated with enlarging existing window and door openings, planning control can be exercised over this alteration. 

  • Removal of the following addresses from the Adelaide Park Conservation Area reconsultation
  • 1 – 8 Adelaide Chase and 
  • 1 – 33 Belvedere Manor 
These addresses have been removed as they are later development and are of lesser significance in terms of architectural contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area. Replacing windows and doors to these developments would not have the same impact on the character and architectural or historic interest of the conservation area as they are non-historic elements. 

  • Additional questions 

We have taken the reconsultation opportunity to ask additional questions about:

  • front garden areas and
  • walls, fences and other means of enclosure.

Consultation documents

Adelaide Park conservation area

Malone Park conservation area

Public consultation 

The reconsultations closed on Monday 17 July. Responses will be carefully considered and we will provide an update of the outcome in due course.

If you'd like further information, please phone 028 9050 0510.

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