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Conservation areas


A conservation area is “an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance” as defined in the Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990. Some 976 hectares (2.3%) of the Borough are designated as conservation areas; the 50 areas range from the outstanding time – span of buildings present within Faversham, the former royal naval dockyard at Sheerness to the numerous villages and hamlets.  Such a legacy requires special attention and the Council's aim is to preserve or enhance the character of conservation areas.

Living in a Conservation Area means the Borough Council will take special care to ensure the character and special interest of that area is protected and enhanced. In order to do this the Council has powers under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990, to require property owners to apply for Planning Permission to do certain works. The Planning Authority will also pay special attention to the potential impact of a proposed development and its effect on the character or appearance of a Conservation Area and its setting.

You can find out if your property falls within a conservation area by looking at our conservation areas table and maps below.

If you live in a Conservation Area and you are considering making alterations to your property, please view the advice on the Planning Portal website and by referring to the conservation area guidance.

Designated Conservation Areas

The Council's prime consideration when designating a conservation area is the character of the area, rather than that of individual buildings. The character of an area might be defined by the historic layout of property boundaries and thoroughfares; its particular 'mix' of uses; characteristic materials; appropriate scaling and detailing of contemporary buildings; the quality of advertisements, shop fronts, street furniture and hard and soft surfaces; and by views and vistas along streets and between buildings.

There is no standard specification for conservation areas. They may be large or small; they may embrace whole town centres or may cover squares, terraces, village centres and smaller groups of buildings.

The Council currently has designated 50 conservation areas:

Conservation Area First Designation Last Review Character Appraisal
Badlesmere 14.12.1982    
Borden - Chestnut Street 10.2.1977 11.8.1999 Chestnut Street Appraisal
Borden - The Street 8.10.1971 11.8.1999 Borden - The Street Appraisal
Borden - Harman's Corner 8.10.1971 11.8.1999 Borden - Harman's Corner Appraisal
Borden - Hearts Delight 11.8.1999   Borden - Hearts Delight Appraisal
Boughton Church 27.1.1976    
Boughton Street 1.5.1970    
Bredgar 2.11.1973 22.11.2000 Bredgar Appraisal
Cellar Hill and Greenstreet 22.11.2000   Cellar Hill Appraisal
Doddington and Newnham 3.3.1987    
Eastling 20.4.1973    
Faversham 1971 9.9.2004 Faversham Appraisal
Goodnestone 24.11.1999   Goodnestone Appraisal
Graveney Church 24.11.1999   Graveney Church Appraisal
Graveney Bridge 3.7.1970 24.11.1999 Graveney Bridge Appraisal
Hartlip 3.7.1970 7.4.1999 Hartlip Appraisal
Hernhill 23.7.1971    
Hernhill - Dargate 7.4.1999   Hernhill - Dargate Appraisal
Hernhill - Fostall 7.4.1999   Hernhill - Fostall Appraisal 
Kingsdown 27.1.1976    
Lewson Street 6.5.1975    
Lower Halstow 6.5.1975 2.2.2006 Lower Halstow Appraisal
Lynsted - Bogle 2.1.1970 26.1.2000 Lynsted - Bogle Appraisal
Lynsted - The Street 1.12.1972 26.1.2000 Lynsted The Street Appraisal
Milstead 20.4.1973    
Milton Regis - High Street 19.7.1977    
Newington Church 9.12.1992    
Newington - High Street 9.12.1992    
Newington Manor 9.12.1992    
Ospringe 16.6.1982 9.9.2004 Ospringe Appraisal
Painter's Forstal 16.9.1992    
Preston Next Faversham 9.3.1976 9.9.2004 Preston Appraisal
28.11.1978 16.3.2011
Queenborough Appraisal
Rodmersham Green 26.9.1974    
Selling* 14.12.1982    
Selling - Shepherd's Hill 22.11.2000   Shepherd's Hill Appraisal
Sheerness: Royal Naval Dockyard and Bluetown
28.7.1972 16.3.2011
Royal Naval Dockyard and Bluetown Appraisal
Sheerness: Marine Town 8.6.1976    
Sheerness: Mile Town 8.6.1976 2.8.2000 Mile Town Appraisal
Sheldwich 18.3.1992    
Sittingbourne 12.12.1969 16.3.2011
Sittingbourne Appraisal
South Street 6.5.1975    
Stalisfield Green 21.1.1986    
Staplestreet 18.3.1992    
Syndale 19.6.2008   Syndale Appraisal
Throwley Forstal 20.4.1973    
Tonge 14.7.1987 27.2.2003 Tonge Appraisal
Tunstall 20.4.1973 27.2.2003 Tunstall Appraisal
Upchurch 9.12.1992 2.2.2006 Upchurch Appraisal
Whitehill 16.9.1992    

* including Church House and Luton House ** See re-designated area maps above

Request a call back from conservation officer

If your conservation area query has not been answered from the information contained on this page, you can click to request a call back from the conservation officer.

In order to provide an efficient and effective response, please provide the following information;

Contact the Conservation Officer using our contact form.

For more information visit the English Heritage website.

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