Published: Tuesday, 18th October 2022

Following complaints from residents, Councillors, members of the Town Council and the local MP, Warwick District Council has used its powers to impose an ‘Article 4 direction’.

The direction has been imposed on land known as Castle Pavilion in Kenilworth.

The effect of that direction is to ensure that events taking place there now require the grant of planning permission by the Council.

Previously, events could take place on the land under national ‘permitted development rights’, which prevent the Council from being able to assess issues such as noise, traffic, and environmental impacts.

At its meeting on 29 September, the Council’s Cabinet resolved to impose an immediate Article 4 Direction on the land, which has now come into effect for up to six months. At the same time, a period of consultation is being undertaken to determine whether the Direction should be confirmed beyond the initial period.

The effect of the Direction is that any events that could previously take place under permitted development rights, now require planning permission, enabling the Council to scrutinise the proposals as part of a planning application.

Councillor John Cooke, Portfolio Holder for Place, said: “The Council has taken this important and necessary step following a number of complaints and letters received from local residents.

“This is a sensitive site within the Green Belt which is also close to residential properties and it is therefore important to ensure that any proposals for future events are fully assessed as part of a planning application, in order to protect the Green Belt and the amenities of nearby residents.”

The Article 4 direction can be viewed on Warwick District Council's website.

Anyone wishing to comment on it can submit their views in writing to:

Planning Enforcement Team, Warwick District Council, Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 5HZ. (Postal address no longer applicable. See our new postal address here) 

Or email by 5pm on 28 November 2022.

Following the period of public consultation, the Council will review the comments received and present a further report to the Cabinet on whether the order should be confirmed.

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