Current Consultations

Currently open consultations

At a Cabinet meeting on 10 September 2020 Members agreed the content, management plan, and recommendations in the Aldersbrook Conservation Area and Lake House Estate Appraisal, which was consulted on between Monday 13 January and Monday 24 February 2020. The management plan and recommendations in the document included the use of an Article 4 Direction, which is a legal planning document that removes permitted development rights, requiring planning permission for permitted works.

On the 2 November 2020 the Council served and is consulting on an Immediate and Non-Immediate Article 4 Direction in the Aldersbrook & Lake House Conservation Area, under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. This means that certain alterations to properties in the Conservation Area will require planning permission. A 6-week consultation began on 2 November and will continue until 14 December 2020. Cabinet will decide which Article 4 Direction will be confirmed (made permanent) at a meeting on 12 January 2021.

The Council has taken this measure to protect the special character of the Aldersbrook & Lake House Conservation Area, which is one of the most noteworthy examples in the borough. The Article 4 Direction will allow the Council to advise on subsequent planning applications within the the conservation area, using the newly adopted Aldersbrook Conservation Area and Lake House Estate Design Guide, to ensure all work is sympathetic to its character.

 The Article 4 Direction will remove the following permitted development rights:

  • Replacing roof covering
  • Installing roof lights
  • Installing solar panels on roof
  • Painting the façade/ front wall of the house
  • Replacing windows
  • New porches, demolition of external porches, and infilling of a recessed porch
  • Removing boundary walls of the property
  • Laying hardstanding in, or the paving over of front gardens, and installing drop kerbs

If you have already begun or undertaken work on your property your work is not affected by the Article 4 Direction.

You can access copies of the Notices of Making, and the Article 4 Directions, with a map showing the area where the Directions are being served, via the links below:

Non-immediate Article 4 Direction (2MB PDF)
Immediate Article 4 Direction (2MB PDF)

You can also view hard copies of the Aldersbrook Conservation Area and Lake House Estate Appraisal documents at Wanstead Library, by appointment only (call  020 8708 7400), or PDF copies on the Council website at

The Council is interested in hearing your views, and your responses can be emailed to, or you can complete an online survey at the Redbridge Consultation Hub at You can also submit comments by post to the Planning Policy Team, Floor 11 Front, Lynton House, 255-259, High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1NY. The closing date for comments is Monday 14 December 2020. All comments will be reported to Cabinet on 12 January 2021.


Recently open consultations

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

Cabinet Decision

On Thursday, 10 September 2020, Cabinet agreed to accept the recommendations to adopt a new Conservation Area Appraisal and Design Guide, extend the Conservation Area to include the Lake House Estate; to consult on an Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights. The final guidance has now been adopted and is on our Protected buildings and Conservation Areas page.

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