Plans have been unveiled to give Leyton town centre greater protection from overdevelopment by designating it as a Conservation Area.

Waltham Forest Council has launched a consultation into proposals to grant the special status to an area around Leyton High Road.

It would include two grade II listed buildings, Leyton Library and the former Leyton Town Hall, and the Victorian-era park Coronation Gardens.

Conservation Area status gives local authorities greater powers to reject planning applications if they are not deemed suitable or in keeping with a particular area.

It comes after the council and partners won an award from the mayor of London for multi-million pound refurbishment works in Leyton town centre, including repainting shopfronts.

Council leader Cllr Chris Robbins said: “By making this part of Leyton a conservation area we can do more in our role as the local planning authority.

"It would give us extra powers to control works to protect or improve the character or appearance of the area.”

A consultation display is now in place at Leyton Library.

Comments and queries can be sent to Jacinta Fisher, the council's Conservation Officer, to Room G08, Sycamore House E17 4JF or via e-mail at urbandesign@walthamforest.gov.uk

The consultation closes on Monday March 18.