Epping Forest District has a rich built environment, and we have a statutory responsibility to protect these heritage assets. The conservation team deals with the protection and enhancement of conservation areas, listed buildings, locally listed buildings and the historic landscape through the Town and Country planning process. It also contributes significantly to the production of the district wide Local Plan in relation to policy governing heritage conservation and design and the built environment.
Are those parts of towns, villages or parishes which have special architectural or historic interest. They are often centred on listed buildings, but not always. Groups of attractive buildings, a historic street pattern, attractive commons, greens or other open spaces, registered historic parks and gardens, ancient landscapes or monuments may also be suitable for designation as conservation areas. Find out more about Conservation Areas.
Listed buildings are buildings or structures of special architectural or historic interest. The list is in fact a register compiled by the department of culture, media and sport. Listed buildings enjoy special protected status under planning law. The purpose of the listing is to ensure that the character and special interest of the building is preserved. To protect the country's heritage, demolition is rarely allowed and only then after the most careful and detailed consideration. Read more about Listed Buildings.
Local listed buildings
We have produced a list of buildings and other structures that are of local architectural or historic interest, which is known as the local List. It includes a wide variety of buildings and structures that are of local interest, but do not quite meet the national criteria for inclusion on the statutory list. Locally listed buildings often make an important contribution to the character and appearance of the local scene and many are important local landmarks. Others have important historical links, with famous local individuals and organisations, or they represent significant aspects of the development of a particular area. View Locally listed buildings.
A scheduled monument is a nationally important archaeological site or historic building which has protection against unauthorised change. There are 35 scheduled monuments on the district ranging from the earthworks of a norman castle to second world war fortifications to the site of a roman villa. A list of all the scheduled monuments in Epping Forest District is available to download.
Find out more about Scheduled Monuments
Registered Parks and Gardens
The registered parks and gardens are sites of special historic interest because of their layout, features and architectural ornament. They make a positive contribution to the landscape of our countryside and towns. English Heritage maintains a register of historic parks and gardens. This register does not give statutory protection. However, their significance is taken into account when assessing planning applications which may affect them.
The Heritage Conservation Team also provides a comprehensive source of essential information, including practical guidance on techniques and common issues, with details of links to other relevant sites.
Design and built environment
The conservation team also provide guidelines about modifications to shop fronts, and the positioning of advertisements in the town centres of the district. This covers all town centres, not just those that fall within conservation areas.