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Medway is rich in historic buildings and areas. There are
buildings, ranging from castles and
Rochester Cathedral to fine medieval and Georgian houses.
There are also 26 conservation areas, which give protected
status to areas such as the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, the
centre of Rochester, rural village centres and areas of fine
Victorian and Edwardian housing.
The Dockyard and its defences (including Fort Amherst and the
Lines and Upnor Castle) are on the government’s tentative list of
potential World Heritage Sites. Medway Council (in partnership with
the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), the Chatham
Historic Dockyard Trust and English Heritage) is developing a bid
with residents, landowners and other stakeholders to be taken to
the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO) for the designation of the area as a World Heritage Site.
Heritage application also has a dedicated website.
Great Lines Heritage Park project is associated with the World
Heritage Site application. This is based on the restoration of a
unique historic landmark of the former defences of the Dockyard,
centred around Fort Amherst and the field of fire of the Great
Lines. The park will offer education, training, sports and
recreation opportunities, combined with facilities for the
Medway Council’s Design and Conservation Team can provide
information and advice about the World Heritage Site, Great
Lines Heritage Park and listed buildings and conservation
areas in Medway including:
- whether a building is listed or in a conservation area;
- internal and external alterations;
- whether listed building consent is needed for building
- advice on the design aspects of new buildings in conservation
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