buildings have unique stories to tell.
The form of their construction tells us much about the way
people lived in the past. By studying how they were later adapted,
we can learn much about the changing needs and tastes of the people
that lived or worked in them.
They demonstrate the traditional crafts and skills that are now
disappearing but which have stood the test of time.
These buildings have witnessed centuries of change in Kent and
yet have remained focal points in the communities in which they
The irreplaceable historic buildings in Kent are under constant
threat. The immense pressure of development in Kent means that it
is essential to be vigilant, to ensure our past is not thrown away
in the rush to the future.
Kent County Council has a role to play in conserving and
protecting Kent's historic buildings to ensure that development is
both sustainable and sympathetic. To carry out this role, we work
closely with district councils, local heritage conservation
groups, as well as English Heritage.
Planning and our heritage conservation policy
Council has a role within the planning process to help ensure that
new development is sympathetic to neighbouring historic buildings
and the wider historic character of the area.
These regulations include planning policy guidance notes
outlined by national government and the statutory protection of
Kent County Council's Heritage Conservation Group helps the
council to formulate planning policy for the county.
Historic Environment Regeneration schemes
Kent County Council plays an active role in conserving Kent's
built environment by means other than the planning process. Kent
has a wealth of historic towns but there can be problems in
maintaining old buildings in a good state of repair.
Historic Environment Regeneration schemes aim to stimulate
repairs to buildings within selected conservation areas through a
programme of grant aid, locally matching funding from English
Kent County Council and the district councils currently
contribute to Historic Environment Regeneration schemes in Dover,
Faversham, Gravesend, Herne Bay and the Thanet towns.
Kent County Council owns and maintains many historic buildings,
including schools and libraries. These are working buildings and we
ensure that they meet the needs of today, whilst conserving their
special character. We also care for 8 historic windmills and
ensure that they are conserved appropriately, making
them accessible to the public.
Kent's rich cultural history has left us with a
wealth of fascinating buildings and structures, from the remains of
Roman forts to Cold War bunkers.
These buildings show how Kent's towns and villages have
developed, and provide modern communities with a sense of the
historical importance of where they live.
The importance of looking after historic buildings, their role
as part of the environment where people live and work, and the
opportunities they offer for education, tourism and leisure, have
been increasingly recognised in recent years.
Through careful conservation and encouragement of sympathetic
regeneration projects, we aim to preserve this heritage, while at
the same time, providing room for new architectural developments
which will be the heritage of future generations.