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 MB) 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 were created through a previous Local Plan (called a Unitary Development Plan at the time dated November 2003)

They were designed to enable the Council to introduce special designations to protect the architectural or historic interest of areas that wouldn’t meet the legal tests applied to receiving a Conservation Area designation. Please note Conservation Area designation is a statutory designation whereas Residential Precincts are not.

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

They were designed to enable the Council to introduce special designations to protect the architectural or historic interest of areas that wouldn’t meet the legal tests applied to receiving a Conservation Area designation. Please note Conservation Area designation is a statutory designation whereas Residential Precincts are not.

We will be seeking to review Residential Precincts and re-designate them as Residential Areas of Special Character or Areas of Special Local Character through a new Local Plan. This is where the Council’s reviews its current Local Plan and updates its policies and designations to reflect changes and community ambitions. Officers will be putting forward to Elected Councillors a report to get approval to commence a new Local Plan (called a Local Plan Review).

Archaeology

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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