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A conservation area is an area of special architectural or
historic interest. Conservation areas vary in size, ranging from
town centres to much smaller groups of buildings. They may be
centred on listed buildings but other features of merit, such as
open spaces, trees, historic street patterns or items of historic
or archaeological interest, may also contribute to the special
character of an area.
Medway Council, through the Planning
(Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, has
a statutory duty to ensure that developments within a conservation
area (to both new and existing buildings) preserve or enhance the
character or appearance of the area. In particular:
- building owners must get conservation area consent from the
council before demolishing or partly demolishing a building;
- new development will be required to preserve or enhance the
special character and appearance of the area.
In some conservation areas, the council has taken additional
planning powers known as Article 4 directions. These require planning
permission to be sought for altering or changing doors, windows,
boundary walls and minor changes such as external painting.
Restrictions apply to the erection of signs or satellite dishes.
Property owners in conservation areas should always check to see
whether permission is needed for these.
Anyone wishing to prune or fell a tree in a conservation area
will usually have to give six weeks' notice in writing to the
council. There are some exemptions to this requirement that allow
anyone to cut down or prune a tree in a conservation area
- the exemptions for a tree protected with a Tree Preservation
Order (TPO) apply;
- the tree has a stem diameter of less than 7.5 centimetres at
1.5 metres above ground level.;
- the tree has a stem diameter of less than 10 centimetres at 1.5
metres above ground level and you are thinning to help the growth
of other trees.
During the six-week period of notice, Medway Council’s tree
officers will need to visit the site and decide if they are to
protect the tree with a TPO or allow the work to go ahead. Medway
Council can simply modify the work you want to do (if you agree to
any such modification) or allow the work to go ahead with
conditions imposed. If you have heard nothing after six weeks, you
can assume that your proposal has been accepted and you may
continue with the work.
Detailed advice on the type of work requiring planning
permission can be obtained from the address at the foot of the
A general guide - Conservation Areas in
Medway - a guide to the law and our policy (pdf 914KB) - is
available. To use this and the other pdf files on this page, you
will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this on your
computer, please use our advice page.
Conservation areas in Medway
Maps of all the conservation areas are available to
* An Article 4 direction applies to all or part of this
A full list of properties located
in Conservation Areas (pdf 480KB) is also available
and can be used in conjunction with the maps above.
To find an address in the document, hold the 'Ctrl'
key and press the 'f' key, then enter the street name or
postcode into the box highlighted.
For the avoidance of any doubt please contact the Design
and Conservation team to confirm whether a property is in a
Conservation area design guides
Design guides on altering, restoring or extending existing
buildings in the following conservation areas are available:
Conservation area appraisals
Conservation area appraisals are documents explaining the
architectural and historical qualities that make each conservation
area special. They help the council and others to judge whether new
development will preserve and enhance the conservation area and in
ensure that the architectural and historic significance of an area
is taken into account when considering development proposals and
Following public consultation with residents and stakeholders
within each area, the following conservation area appraisals have
- Brompton Lines April
2006 (pdf 8,921KB)
- Upper Upnor, October
2004 (pdf 1,525KB)
- Upper Bush,
October 2004 (pdf 5,215KB)
- New Road, Chatham,
October 2004 (pdf 908KB)
Road, Chatham, October 2004 (pdf 576KB)
Rochester Conservation Area Appraisal Adopted September 2010
Rochester Conservation Area Management Plan Adopted September
2010 (pdf 949KB)
In addition, the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has produced a
conservation area appraisal for Chatham Historic Dockyard. For
information about these appraisals or any further information,
please contact the Design and Conservation Team using the details
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