What is The Wanstead Society?

Our stand at the Wanstead Festival
Our stand at the Wanstead Festival

The Wanstead Society is an independent, non-political organisation that works to protect, preserve and improve our local area.

What does The Wanstead Society committee do?

  • We check through the planning applications list every week
  • We make comments on planning applications and speak at hearings
  • We work with town planners to create solutions that enhance the area
  • We support campaigns to increase footfall in local shops
  • We hold social events for members to get to know one another and their local representatives
  • We create forums such as political hustings in the run up to elections
  • We meet once a month at Wanstead House. Contact us if you’re interested in being a member of the committee – you can make a big difference.

Investigating planning issues

We check planning applications monthly and, when necessary, put forward our views to the council and attend public enquiries.

We promote good conservation practices, applying pressure for enforcement where appropriate, particularly to listed buildings and those within conservation areas. Historic buildings at risk are referred to English Heritage.

We organise meetings with Redbridge Planning Chiefs, officers and Councillors.

Improving Wanstead, Snaresbrook and Aldersbrook

We don’t just fight to protect Wanstead, we fight to promote it too. Over the years the Wanstead Society has planted trees which you will see on Christ Church Green and in the High Street. We have a community Garden project which looks after the flower beds at the Corner House and Wanstead and Snaresbrook stations, we hold community clean up days, social events, raise funds for the children’s playground and lobby those in power on your behalf.

Green spaces

We promote the appreciation of our green spaces and trees, Wanstead’s greatest assets. One of our ongoing projects is making sure our trees are well managed and will be enjoyed for generations to come. Our committee members have put much work into the gardens at The Corner House and The Cherry Tree Café.


We fight for services and amenities that are under threat. We champion local businesses with such schemes as our Shopkeeper Award.