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 imap under the category Planning and Land


Bungalow Estate conservation area - replacement Article 4 Direction

We have recently undertaken a comprehensive review of the management plan for the Bungalow Estate Conservation Area.  Following this review, the Council has confirmed a replacement Article 4 Direction for this area, which came into force on 29 January 2019. 

An Article 4 Direction, removes ‘permitted development’ rights; which allow property owners to undertake changes/extensions to their properties.

As a result of the replacement direction, the majority of alterations/extensions to properties will now require planning consent from the Council before any works commence on-site.

  • Bungalows – planning consent will be required for all alterations/extensions, including the development of outbuildings. 
  • Two-storey properties – planning consent will be required for the development of any outbuilding, removal of any chimney and demolition/erection of any new boundary treatments

A copy of the direction is provided below and provides a detailed commentary of all properties to which the direction applies.

Please note that as of the 29 January 2019, the earlier Article 4 Directions for this area have been cancelled.

In addition to the replacement direction, the Council has also produced a new Design Guide SPD (also provided below) which provides details of those alterations/extensions which would be considered acceptable by the planning service. 

Your agent/architect should be able to provide additional assistance in designing any proposal to adhere to these guidelines. 

Please note that any works undertaken without planning consent may be subject to enforcement action.


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; therefore you are strongly encouraged to seek the guidance of the planning department before undertaking any works - please email with details of your proposal for a tailored quote.



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

The remains include artefacts made 1000's 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).


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

The following is a list of all the Article 4 Directions in Redbridge. You can click on each link to view the Article 4 document and associated maps.

Conservation Areas and Individual Properties

Borough-wide non-immediate Article 4 Direction on Small HMOs

The Council has made a a non-immediate, borough-wide Article 4(1) Direction that will remove permitted development rights for small HMOs in the C4 use class.

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