Protected buildings and conservation areas

Redbridge has many areas and buildings of historic or architectural interest.  We have written policies within the Local Development Framework 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


Conservation Consultations – Bungalow Estate and Little Heath Conservation Areas

We are currently working to update our guidance relating to Conservation Areas to enable local residents to understand the character, historic significance and importance of each of our 16 Conservation Areas and provide guidance upon how these areas can be preserved and enhanced.

This guidance is commonly referred to Character Appraisal and Management Plan, which can be supplemented through detailed Design Guidance, (where appropriate). 

Bungalow Estate – Notice under Article 4 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015

In 2014 the Council adopted a Character Appraisal and Management Plan for the Bungalow Estate Conservation Area. The Management Plan identified the need to review the Article 4 directions in place for the area and the effectiveness of existing design guidance. An Article 4 Direction removes householder’s rights to alter/extend their properties without the need for planning consent.

 Following this review it has been identified that the provisions of the Article 4 directions covering this area should be expanded, particularly to recent changes to permitted development rights.

It is also considered that a new design guide is required to provide residents, developers and architects/agent a better understanding of the types of development which would be supported through the planning process.

Detail of the revised Article 4 Direction an associated guidance note and the draft Design Guide can be viewed below.  It is worthwhile to note that all properties within the Conservation Area will be covered by the new direction.

Cancellation direction for the existing Article 4 (PDF 62 KB)

New Article 4 direction (2017) (PDF 752 KB)

Bungalow Estate Consultation Draft Design Guide (PDF 0.99 MB)

How can I discuss/comment upon the consultation?

Officers will be available to answer any questions or queries upon the content of this document during the following consultation sessions:

  • Saturday - 9 December 2017 (12:30 - 15:30)
  • Tuesday - 12 December 2017 (15:30 - 18:30)

Location: Goodmayes Library, 76 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9QB

We would welcome any comments upon the draft Article 4 and Design Guide via email to

Comments should be received by no later than 28 January 2018.

Following this consultation, we will review all responses received and make any necessary amendments to the Design Guide ahead of formal adoption. 

We will also review any comments received with regards to the making of the Article 4 Direction and will then write to give notice as to whether the Article 4 direction has been confirmed, the date on which the direction will come into force; and the date the earlier Article 4 Directions will be cancelled.

Little Heath

A draft Character Appraisal and Management Plan has been prepared for the Little Heath Conservation Area. 

Little Heath has significance dating back to the 14th Century, as a formal rural village set around a central open green surrounded by mixed-use development.  Although there has been substantive development around its edges; the character of the Conservation Area still retains these characteristics which add to the positive experience of the area overall.

Given the modest scale of this Conservation Area, future management proposals include bringing forward an enhancement strategy to the landscaping setting and quality of the green; alongside monitoring and reviewing the impacts of consented/future development upon the setting and significance of the Conservation Area.

Full details of the draft Character Appraisal and Management Plan can be found below:

Little Heath Conservation Area Consultation Draft Character Appraisal and Management Plan (PDF 3.11 MB)

How can I discuss/comment upon the consultation?

Officers will be available to answer any questions or queries upon the content of this document during the following consultation sessions:

  • Saturday - 13 January 2018 (12:30 - 15:30)
  • Thursday - 18 January 2018 (15:30 - 18:30)

Location: Keith Axon Library, 160 Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 4XB

We would welcome any comments upon the draft document via email to

Comments should be received by no later than 28 January 2018.

Following this consultation, we will review all responses received and make any necessary amendments to the Character Appraisal and Management Plan ahead of formal adoption.

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.

If you live in a conservation area and are considering any home improvements or building work you will need to apply for consent.

These are some of the things you will need to apply for planning permission for:

  • erect or alter a building which is larger than ten cubic metres, such as a garden shed
  • install cladding such as weather-boarding or false stone to your home
  • install roof dormers
  • substantial or total demolition of any building
  • any side extension
  • any works to trees
  • any rear, two storey extension

Check the interactive guidance on the Planning Portal to find information on work that can or can’t be done to a building in a conservation area.

We offer a free duty planner advice service where you can talk to a planning officer about extending or altering your home. You will be able to book a 15 minute face to face appointment to discuss your proposed development with a planning officer. Call to book your appointment on 0208 708 2884


Residential Precincts

Residential precincts are areas we want to protect or preserve but do not have the stricter conservation area rules applied to them.

If you live in a residential precinct and submit a planning application we will use special policies in the Local Development Framework to consider your application.

There are 10 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
10. Lake House Estate

Check if you live in a residential precinct


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 and is 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.


Listed buildings are nationally recognised as being architecturally or historically important; they fall into 3 categories:

  • Grade I
  • Grade II*
  •  Grade II

Protection of these important buildings extends to the whole building, inside and outside and to certain structures 'within its domain'. Other structures can also be listed such as telephone boxes, bridges or statues.

More information on the listing process and grading can be found on the Historic England website's apply for listing page

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 

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.

Listed building consent is required if you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building.

Apply for listed building consent 

There are no fees for applying for listed building consent, however, you may also need planning permission for works such as 'change of use' and external alterations.

Minor repairs to listed buildings that would not alter the appearance of the building, use appropriate methods and materials (to replicate existing or historic elements) and do not result in the loss of any architectural or structural element of the building; do not require consent if they are carried out to a high standard of workmanship

Guidance on recommended methods of repair can be found on the English Heritage website, or from a specialist contractor.

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

The remains include artifacts made 1000's of years ago, and evidence of prehistoric settlements from Roman times. There are also many unusual sites relating to modern industrial and military archaeology.

We aim to conserve archaeological heritage and refer planning applications to the Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service (GLAAS) Historic England hosts the GLAAS service


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

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:

We can take enforcement action if you carry out alterations without permission. 

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