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.
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|
|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|
|Cellar Hill and Greenstreet||22.11.2000||Cellar Hill Appraisal|
|Doddington and Newnham||3.3.1987|
|Graveney Church||24.11.1999||Graveney Church Appraisal|
|Graveney Bridge||3.7.1970||24.11.1999||Graveney Bridge Appraisal|
|Hernhill - Dargate||7.4.1999||Hernhill - Dargate Appraisal|
|Hernhill - Fostall||7.4.1999||Hernhill - Fostall Appraisal|
|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|
|Milton Regis - High Street||19.7.1977|
|Newington - High Street||9.12.1992|
|Preston Next Faversham||9.3.1976||9.9.2004||Preston Appraisal|
|Selling - Shepherd's Hill||22.11.2000||Shepherd's Hill Appraisal|
|Sheerness: Royal Naval Dockyard and Bluetown
||Royal Naval Dockyard and Bluetown Appraisal|
|Sheerness: Marine Town||8.6.1976|
|Sheerness: Mile Town||8.6.1976||2.8.2000||Mile Town Appraisal|
* including Church House and Luton House ** See re-designated area maps above
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;
For more information visit the English Heritage website.