Protected buildings and conservation areas

Redbridge has many areas and buildings of historic or architectural interest. The Redbridge Local Plan includes policies to protect these special areas and buildings.

You can find and view these buildings and areas on our map under the category planning and land

Conservation areas

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest which have extra planning rules applied to them to help preserve or enhance their character and protect their settings. We have 16 conservation areas in Redbridge that are supported by design guidance which give advice on how to improve your homes in an acceptable manner. 

Check if you live in a conservation area by using the imap.

We have produced an overarching Conservation Area Management Proposals document (PDF 6.3MB) which relates to all conservation areas within Redbridge, but we also have specific guidance for individual conservation areas.

Listed buildings

A listed building is a building or structure "of special architectural or historic interest" and has a special status in planning law. All listed buildings are included on a national register called the "Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest”, managed by Historic England.

When a building is listed, the entire building is protected, including the interior. Any object or structure fixed to the listed building also becomes listed, as does any structure built before 1948 within the grounds (officially known as the 'curtilage') of the Listed Building. This includes outbuildings, garden walls and other boundary structures, gates and, in some cases, even brick paths and terraces.

Please visit Historic England’s apply for listing page if you would like to recommend a building for Listing.

Statutory listed buildings are designated by English Heritage and are protected through special planning controls. Check if you live in a statutory listed building

Some buildings not of national importance, but of local architectural or historic interest, make a contribution to the character of Redbridge. We maintain a list of these buildings and work to preserve them. Check if you live in a locally listed building 

The majority of works to a listed building will require listed building consent. It is a criminal offence to demolish, alter or extend a listed building without listed building consent and penalties can be heavy, usually a fine or even a term of imprisonment. We therefore strongly encourage you to seek professional advice before undertaking your project. We recommend contacting a private heritage planning architect/agent.

Article 4 Direction

If an 'Article 4 Direction' has been applied to your property, you will need to submit a planning application for any changes first so we can give you advice about the best methods, design and materials for your works. check if you live in an area or property that has an Article 4 Direction

Residential Precincts

Residential Precincts are areas of the borough thought to be worthy of conservation but which do not satisfy the stricter legal tests applied to a Conservation Area. Such precincts are residential areas with their own character deriving either from the architecture, layout, and landscape or from a combination of the three. There are nine Residential Precincts in Redbridge:

1. Monkhams
2. Perth Road
3. Cathedral Estate
4. Mayfair Gardens
5. Empress Avenue
6. Valentines
7. North Cranbrook Park
8. Mayfield
9. Laings Estate

Although the designation has no legal status, special policies in the Redbridge Local Plan apply to any development proposal within Residential Precincts (where Planning Permission is required in the first instance). These policies cover the design of significant alterations to existing buildings, new buildings, redevelopment and change of use. They are a material consideration for any planning application in the designated areas and applicants should take account of them.

Residential Precinct status, however, does not alter whether or not a development proposal requires planning permission from the Council, because, unlike Conservation Area designation, it does not affect permitted development rights.


Redbridge is fortunate to have a range of archaeological remains in the area.

The remains include artifacts made thousands of years ago from Roman times and evidence of prehistoric settlements. There are also many unusual sites relating to modern industrial and military archaeology.

We aim to conserve our archaeological heritage and refer planning applications to the Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service (GLAAS).

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