Jericho was designated as a conservation area on the 23 of February 2011.
Jericho represents the Georgian and Victorian industrial and residential expansion of the City of Oxford into the surrounding countryside. Download the Jericho Conservation Area boundary map below:
Jericho Conservation Area Boundary Map (933kB PDF)
It is an area of working class and artisan housing that has developed a unique character by virtue of its historical land ownership, relationship with the canal, the railway, three major employers and its unique position as a working class suburb in the midst of the middle and upper class estate that was developed by St John the Baptist College.
The area has a distinct architectural aesthetic and is interspersed with a number outstanding examples of 18th and 19th century architecture. The contribution of Thomas Combe, the University Press and Lucy Ironworks to the creation of the character of the locality should not be underestimated.
The re-development that took place, as part of the General Improvement Area status in the 1960's and 1970's, should be seen as part of the wider storey in Oxford of the conflict between the preservation of historic communities and the drive for modernisation following World War II.
What would does this mean for residents?
Within a conservation area we have additional powers to protect buildings and landscape against alteration, development and demolition. The extent of works you can carry out without the specific permission of the city council is more limited than elsewhere and affects proposals such as extensions, roof dormers, works of demolition, satellite dishes and the application of cladding materials to external elevations.
Article 4 Direction
Following our study and subsequent consultation with the local community we have also taken steps to introduce further controls in order to sustain the character of the area. On the 31 March 2011 an Article 4 Direction was served restricting the permitted development rights of dwellinghouses in the Jericho area. This means that, once the Article 4 Direction comes into effect planning permission will be required for the following changes to the exterior of dwellinghouses:
- The alteration or replacement of windows, cills, arches, surrounds and changes to the dimension of window openings on elevations facing onto a highway or waterway
- The alteration or replacement of doors, door arches, lintels, door surrounds and changes to the dimension of door openings on elevations facing onto a highway or waterway
- The insertion of rooflights facing onto a highway or waterway
- Changes in roofing material
- The erection or construction of a porch outside any external door of a dwellinghouse facing a highway or waterway
- The erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure facing a highway or waterway
- The painting of the exterior of any building or work comprising the painting of unpainted external brick or stone wall, elevation or part of any elevation
- The demolition of the whole or any part or any gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure facing a highway or waterway
- The installation, alteration or replacement of solar PV or solar thermal equipment on a roof of a dwellinghouse; or a building situated in the curtilage of a dwellinghouse and be visible from a highway or waterway
The area covered by the Article 4 Direction is shown in a plan listed below. Please note parts of Walton Street and Worcester Terrace are included that are located within the City (Central and University) and Walton Manor conservation areas.
Planning applications for the work described above are free of charge.
Heritage Study and Character Appraisal and Article 4 Direction
The study documents are available to download below:
Jericho Study - October 2010 (921kB PDF)
Appendix 1 - Historic Maps of Jericho through the 19th Century (10.4MB PDF)
Appendix 2 - Maps Detailing the Development of the Radcliffe Infirmary (930KB PDF)
Appendix 3 - Historic Maps and Image of Jericho in the 20th Century (12.2MB PDF)
Appendix 4 - Maps Detailing the Survival of Architectural Details in Jericho (7MB PDF)
Jericho Article 4 Statutory Notice (19kB PDF)
Jericho Article 4 Area Map (943kB PDF)