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Aldersbrook Conservation Area and Lake House Estate - Appraisal and Design Guide

Our Planning service has drafted a Conservation Area Appraisal with management recommendations, and a Design Guide for the Aldersbrook Conservation Area and Lake House Estate, to help manage change within the protected area. As part of the process for the adoption of these documents, a six-week consultation period was arranged, starting on Monday 13 January 2020, and ending on Monday 24 February 2020.

Following the consultation, updated versions of the guidance have been produced:

The Draft Aldersbrook Conservation Area and Lake House Estate Appraisal assesses the character of the Aldersbrook conservation area in terms of its heritage importance, and indicates where the character is under threat from negative changes that have taken place over the years, why the conservation area is particularly vulnerable to change, and recommends management proposals that can tackle these harmful impacts. It is an update to the appraisal and design guide undertaken in 2005, which you can access on our buildings and conservation pages.

The Draft Aldersbrook Conservation Area and Lake House Estate Design Guide has been written for people who own and care for the buildings within the Aldersbrook Conservation Area, as well as to guide builders and developers, to help them conserve and enhance the different elements of individual homes, that cumulatively contribute to the special character of the area. It will also be used by Development Management Officers in the Planning service to make the right decisions when planning applications are submitted for development in Aldersbrook. Where proposals are made for changes to buildings within the conservation area, they should broadly accord with the principles set out within this document.

There was a public event at St. Gabriel's church, Aldersbrook, on Wednesday 12 February 2020, attended by Council representatives, councillors, and heritage consultants. Hard copies of the draft documents were available at the event to read, and were also at Aldersbrook and Wanstead libraries.

Following the close of consultation, and a report will be produced for the September 2020 Cabinet meeting with final recommendations on the Conservation Area Appraisal and Guidance, the proposed extension of the Conservation Area to include the Lake House Estate, and further consultation on proposed Article 4 Directions within the Conservation Area.

South Woodford Society - Application For Neighbourhood Area and Forum Designation

The South Woodford Society (SWS) community group has made an application for Neighbourhood Plan Area and Forum designation. This is the first stage in the process for the SWS in producing a Neighbourhood Plan for South Woodford.

Neighbourhood Plans

The 2011 Localism Act introduced neighbourhood planning as a right for communities to shape and have more influence and control over their local area, to ensure they get the right type of development for their neighbourhood. Neighbourhood Plans are led and produced by an authorised local community organisation such as a parish or town council, or where one does not exist a Neighbourhood Forum may be designated. Neighbourhood Plans can:

  • identify a vision for the area and set objectives for the next 5 to 20 years
  • provide detailed planning policies setting out where new development should be located and how it should be designed
  • allocate sites for different types of development such as housing, retail and office space
  • designate areas of community greenspace
  • identify key areas for improvement and set out proposals for them

Neighbourhood Plans will be subject to consultation, examination and a referendum. Once adopted they form part of the statutory development plan alongside, and must be in general conformity with, the Redbridge Local Plan and London Plan.

An adopted Neighbourhood Plan carries significant weight in determining development proposals for the local area, as a result, there are a number of legal requirements that the plan must meet. A Neighbourhood Plan must:

  • have appropriate regard to national planning policy
  • be in general conformity to the strategic policies in the Redbridge Local Plan (2018)
  • contribute to the achievement of sustainable development
  • be compatible with environmental obligations, as incorporated in UK law
  • be compatible with human rights requirements

You can find out more about Neighbourhood Plans by visiting the Council’s Neighbourhood Planning webpage.



In line with Town and Country Planning, England, The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, we consulted on the SWS Neighbourhood Plan Area and Forum application for a statutory six-week period, from 25 November 2019 to 6 January 2020.

Following the close of the consultation, an officer report was prepared for Cabinet who decided, on 11 February 2020, to designate the South Woodford Neighbourhood Forum and designate an amended South Woodford Neighbourhood Area.

Link to Cabinet meeting for report and documents

You can access the submitted application material and documentation via the links below:

You can also visit the South Woodford Society website to see evidence of the pre-application consultation they have undertaken.

We sought views on whether the proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area boundary is consistent with the South Woodford Area, whether all the land within the boundary of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area should be included, and whether you think the proposed Forum designation meets the requirements set out in Parts 2 and 3 of the Town and Country Planning, England, The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012


Statement of Community Involvement

We have drafted a new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This includes information on how we consult with and involve the community on plan making, planning applications and development proposals, and neighbourhood planning, as well as our expectations of developers.

This is a statutory document we are required to publish, and is being produced so that residents, developers, and other groups can be better informed about the planning system and how they can get involved.

This consultation is your opportunity to provide feedback on our proposed approach to consultation and engagement.

The draft SCI was consulted on from 30 September 2019 to 6 January 2020. Following the close of consultation final version of the SCI will be prepared, taking into account comments received.

View our draft SCI (PDF 1.1 MB)


Community Infrastructure Levy Review – Draft Charging Schedule

With the adoption of the new Local Plan (2015-2030) in 2018, we are undertaking a review of its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which sets out the requirements for the charging of CIL in the London Borough of Redbridge. The increased rates from development will be essential to help fund infrastructure needed to support the ambitious growth, as set out in the Plan, and mitigate adverse impacts of future development.

CIL was introduced in 2012 and is a charge on development to help fund infrastructure such as transport schemes and schools which is required to help support and accommodate new growth from development.

View further information regarding CIL operation

We have prepared economic evidence to support the revised CIL charging schedule. The evidence recommended an increase in the charging levy across the borough, with differential rates and charging areas, as per the regulations. The new charging areas and rates were set out in the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS). Consultation on the PDCS and the supporting documents ran from Wednesday 21 November 2018 to Wednesday 16 January 2019, in order to explore the appropriateness of the charging rates set out in the PDCS.  Following the conclusion of this consultation, comments from representors were reviewed and considered before the final Draft Charging Schedule consultation.

The consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule (DCS) took place for 7 weeks from Friday 8 November 2019 to Friday 20 December 2019.  It was extended by one week due to an issue with the originally produced consultation documents.

The Statement of Representations gives details about requesting to be heard by an Examiner. Representations may be withdrawn upon request in writing.

Please see below the DCS and the supporting documents:

Redbridge CIL Draft Charging Schedule (PDF 558KB)

Supporting Documents

Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2017 (PDF 1.5MB)

PDCS Consultation Document (PDF 953 KB)

PDCS Consultation Responses (PDF 677 KB)

CIL Economic Viability Review BNP Paribas 2018 (PDF 2.8 MB)

DCS Statement of Representations (PDF 363 KB)


Next Steps in the CIL Review Process:

  • Consultation on Draft Charging Schedule - November to December 2019
  • Submission to Secretary of State – currently postponed
  • Examination – currently postponed

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