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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, as amended. Some 976 hectares (2.3%) of the Borough are designated as Conservation Areas. There are presently 50 Conservation Areas areas, these ranging from the outstanding timespan 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 each of its 50 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 as amended, to require property owners to apply for planning permission to do certain works. The Borough Council 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 the table below, which provides a map for each area.

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 Borough Council's  Conservation Area guidance.

Conservation Area Review and Appraisal

Local planning authorities are required to review their Conservation Areas from time to time to ensure that they still retain the special character and appearance that warrants an additional level of planning control through the Conservation Area designation, and assuming this is the case, to see whether any changes are needed in the way in which each respective Conservation Area is managed. Public consultation is required when a local planning authority wishes to designate a new Conservation Area, de-designate an existing Conservation Area, alter the boundaries of an existing Conservation Area, or it seeks to introduce additional control in a Conservation Area by means of a special mechanism called an Article 4 Direction. Public consultation is also required when character appraisal and management strategy/plan documents are produced for particular Conservation Areas to help ensure that the documents properly capture the key characteristics of the area that lend it a special character, that the issues affecting the special character and appearance of the area have been correctly identified, and that the management strategy/plan put forward to address these issues is appropriate.

Public consultation - Boughton Parish Conservation Areas

This is closed, and a report on the public consultation, with a recommendation to adopt the character appraisal & management strategy documents (which shows 1 change to the proposed boundary alterations set out in the public consultation draft documents) is due to be presented at the June 2019 meeting of the Planning Committee. If the Planning Committee accepts the officer recommendations for the adoption of the conservation area documents and associated boundary changes, then the conservation areas will effectively be re-designated with their altered boundaries in July, following the necessary notifications being made in the local newspaper, the London Gazette and to Historic England, as required by the relevant legislation. 

You can view the documents which were subject to public consultation here:

Public Consultation documents

1) Boughton Church

2) Boughton South Street

3) Boughton Street

Designating 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.

Swale Borough Council Conservation Areas

NumberConservation Area Name First Designation Last Review Initial
(text only)
Summary Appraisal
Full (illustrated) Appraisal and Management Strategy
1 Badlesmere 14.12.1982 - - -
2 Borden - Chestnut Street 10.2.1977 11.8.1999 Chestnut Street Appraisal -
3 Borden - The Street 8.10.1971 11.8.1999 Borden - The Street Appraisal -
4 Borden - Harman's Corner 8.10.1971 11.8.1999 Borden - Harman's Corner Appraisal -
5 Borden - Hearts Delight 11.8.1999 - Borden - Hearts Delight Appraisal -
6 Boughton - Boughton Church 27.1.1976 under review - Awaiting approval
(see above)
7 Boughton - Boughton Street 1.5.1970 under review - Awaiting approval
(see above)
8 Boughton - South Street 6.5.1975 under review - Awaiting approval
(see above)
9 Bredgar 2.11.1973 22.11.2000 Bredgar Appraisal -
10 Cellar Hill and Greenstreet 22.11.2000 - Cellar Hill Appraisal -
11 Doddington and Newnham 3.3.1987 - - -
12 Eastling 20.4.1973 - - -
13 Faversham - Faversham Town 1971 9.9.2004 Faversham Appraisal -
14 Faversham - Ospringe 16.6.1982 9.9.2004 Ospringe Appraisal -
15 Faversham - Preston Next 9.3.1976 9.9.2004 Preston Appraisal -
16 Goodnestone 24.11.1999 - Goodnestone Appraisal -
17 Graveney - Graveney Church 24.11.1999 - Graveney Church Appraisal -
18 Graveney - Graveney Bridge 3.7.1970 24.11.1999 Graveney Bridge Appraisal -
19 Hartlip 3.7.1970 7.4.1999 Hartlip Appraisal -
20 Hernhill 23.7.1971 -   -
21 Hernhill - Dargate 7.4.1999 - Hernhill - Dargate Appraisal -
22 Hernhill - Fostall 7.4.1999 - Hernhill - Fostall Appraisal  -
23 Kingsdown 27.1.1976 - - -
24 Lewson Street 6.5.1975 - - -
25 Lower Halstow 6.5.1975 2.2.2006 Lower Halstow Appraisal -
26 Lynsted - Bogle 2.1.1970 26.1.2000 Lynsted - Bogle Appraisal -
27 Lynsted - The Street 1.12.1972 26.1.2000 Lynsted The Street Appraisal -
28 Milstead 20.4.1973 - - -
29 Milton Regis - High Street 19.7.1977 - - -
30 Newington Church 9.12.1992 - - -
31 Newington - High Street 9.12.1992 - - -
32 Newington - Newington Manor 9.12.1992 - - -
33 Painter's Forstal 16.9.1992 - - -
34 Queenborough
28.11.1978 16.3.2011
- Queenborough (March 2011)
35 Rodmersham Green 26.9.1974 - - -
36 Selling* 14.12.1982 - - -
37 Selling - Shepherd's Hill 22.11.2000 - Shepherd's Hill Appraisal
(Nov 2000)
38 Sheerness: Royal Naval Dockyard and Bluetown
28.7.1972 16.3.2011
- Royal Naval Dockyard and Bluetown (March 2011)
39 Sheerness: Marine Town 8.6.1976 - - -
40 Sheerness: Mile Town 8.6.1976 2.8.2000 Mile Town Appraisal -
41 Sheldwich 18.3.1992 - - -
42 Sittingbourne - High Street 12.12.1969 16.3.2011
- Sittingbourne High Street (March 2011)
43 Stalisfield Green 21.1.1986 - - -
44 Staplestreet 18.3.1992 - - -
45 Syndale 19.6.2008 - - Syndale (June 2008)
46 Throwley Forstal 20.4.1973 - - -
47 Tonge 14.7.1987 27.2.2003 Tonge Appraisal -
48 Tunstall 20.4.1973 27.2.2003 Tunstall Appraisal -
49 Upchurch 9.12.1992 2.2.2006 Upchurch Appraisal -
50 Whitehill 16.9.1992 - - -

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

You can also view the Conservation Areas on our Interactive Map under the Heritage and Environment category.

Request a call back from the Design & Conservation Manager

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 Design & Conservation Manager.

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

Contact the Design & Conservation Manager using our contact form.

For more information visit the Historic England website.

Conservation Areas FAQ

View the frequently asked questions about Conservations Areas.

Home alterations - Faversham CA

Download guidance on altering homes within the Faversham Conservation Area.

Traditional farm buildings

Guidance on the conservation of traditional farm buildings.

Conservation Area guidance

Guidance on working with Conservation Areas.
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