Conservation areas

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest or might add to the character of an area.

Conservation areas are protected and some areas have more planning requirements called Article 4 directions. These apply to all or part of the conservation area.

Download information about conservation areas in Medway

Works in conservation areas

Buildings in conservation areas need planning permission before they are demolished or partly demolished.

New developments must be in keeping with or enhance the character and appearance of an area.

To make changes to a building in a conservation area, you must:

  • get planning permission to alter or change doors, windows and walls, and make minor changes such as external painting
  • give us 6 weeks written notice if you want to prune or fell a tree in a conservation area
  • check if permission is needed to put up signs or satellite dishes.

Check if a building is in a conservation area on our interactive map

Conservation area design guides

There are guidelines to altering, restoring or extending existing buildings in conservation areas.

We have design guides to help you with your works to protected areas or buildings.

View conservation area design guides

Conservation areas appraisals

Conservation area appraisals are documents that explain the architectural and historical qualities of each conservation area.

These appraisals help us to judge if a new development will preserve and enhance the conservation area.

View conservation area appraisals

Article 4 Directions

If your planning proposals affect a listed building or a building in a conservation area, there are likely to be Article 4 Directions attached to your permissions.

Find out more about Article 4 Directions