Heritage resources

Scheduled monuments

Scheduled monuments are heritage sites that have been awarded legal protection under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979. Those selected (or ‘scheduled’) are those which particularly benefit from close management. It is not permissible to carry out works that would demolish, damage, remove, repair, add to or alter a scheduled monument without obtaining scheduled Monument consent from the Secretary of State.

Registered parks and gardens

The Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England was established in 1983 to identify designed landscapes of particular historic significance. Registered parks and gardens are designated by Historic England and are graded in the same way as listed buildings with gardens being awarded Grade I (highest) , II* or II (lowest) depending on their significance. Registered parks and gardens are not open to the public unless advertised elsewhere.

The Historic Parks and Gardens dataset derives from a project carried out by the Kent Gardens Trust and Kent County Council in 1992. This was an attempt to identify and define the most important parks and gardens in the county, and, where those gardens had an especially historic aspect, review the available historic information. Inclusion in the Historic Parks and Gardens list has no statutory relevance and provides no particular protection.

Historic parks and gardens

The historic parks and gardens dataset derives from a project carried out by the Kent Gardens Trust and Kent County Council in 1992. This was an attempt to identify and define the most important parks and gardens in the county and, where those gardens had an especially historic aspect, review the available historic information.  Inclusion in the HPG list has no statutory relevance and provides no particular protection.

Conservation areas

Conservation areas are areas (usually of a town or village) considered to be of special architectural or historical interest, "the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance". They are protected under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. They are generally designated by local planning authorities who have powers to control changes to buildings in a conservation area that might usually be allowed without planning permission in other locations.

For definitive conservation area information, contact your local planning authority.