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Havering's 11 conservation areas

There are 11 designated conservation areas within Havering, all with differing qualities and characteristics.

All of the conservation areas have conservation area appraisals and management proposals. These serve to identify the special interest of each conservation area and provide a clear basis for assessing how far planning proposals preserve or enhance their character or appearance.

Corbets Tey

Designated in 1990, Corbets Tey survives as one of the three medieval settlements which originally formed Upminster and has retained its character as a village. The area also contains an important historic landscape and nearby archaeological heritage.


Designated in 1968, Cranham Conservation Area, focuses on an important group of historic buildings, forming a hill-top hamlet on a medieval route surrounded by agricultural fields which retain an unusual isolation in relation to the suburban development to the north and west.

Gidea Park

Designated in 1970 and extended in 1989 to include the purpose built railway station, it owes its unique character to the efforts of Sir Herbert Raphael in the early 20th century to create a Garden Suburb with a delightful variety of houses by well-known architects of the day complemented by a smaller development of modern style during the inter-war period.


Designated in 1968, Havering-atte-Bower Conservation Area is a linear village which grew up on Havering Ridge between the Saxon Royal hunting lodge, which became Havering Palace, and the later Tudor Pyrgo Palace a short distance to the North.


Designated in 2010, Langtons Conservation Area lies to the north west of Hornchurch town centre. It includes a group of cultural buildings, notably Langtons, Fairkytes Arts Centre, the Queen's Theatre and the green open spaces around these buildings.

North Ockendon

Designated in 1990, North Ockendon Conservation Area protects a surviving village in Havering which has not been extended or engulfed by nearby urban areas. It retains its rural character of two hamlets linked by a footpath across fields to the medieval church.

RAF Hornchurch

Designated in 1989, RAF Hornchurch Conservation Area is a survival of core buildings from the important period of World War II history to which there is a strong local commitment.


Designated in 1968, Rainham Conservation Area is a priority conservation area which centres on the village core of historic buildings and river-side location which give the village its character.


Designated in 1968, Romford Conservation Area, to protect the Market Place and group of old buildings at the western end of Market Place and around ancient crossroads at the junction of North Street, South Street, High Street and Market Place.

St Andrews 

Designated in 2010, St Andrews Conservation Area lies to the east of Hornchurch town centre and is centred on St Andrews Church and churchyard. It also includes Hornchurch Cemetery, The Dell, and parts of Upminster Road and Doggetts Corner.

St Leonards

Designated in 1984 and amended in 1990, St Leonards Hornchurch Conservation Area was originally a philanthropic Victorian Children's Home. The Conservation Area buildings possess an overall unity of scale and colour, texture of materials and architectural features that creates a complete statement in architectural terms completely different from much of the surrounding suburban development.


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