General guidance notes published by the Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council
What is a "Conservation Area"?
A Conservation Area is an area which has a special architectural or historic character worthy of protection and enhancement. A Conservation Area may be the historic centre of a town or village, an older unspoilt residential area, or an important country house in large landscaped grounds. Conservation Areas are "designated" by the Local Authority to recognise the area's special character and to protect part of our Heritage.
New Barns and Broadwater Farm Conservation Area, East Malling, Kent
What does this mean to residents in practical terms?
Conservation Area designation aims to ensure that the special architectural or historic character of the area is properly maintained and enhanced. Buildings, paved areas, trees, hedges, walls, open spaces and other landscape and architectural features can all contribute to the character of an area. Designation of at Conservation Area does not mean that changes cannot occur, but rather that any change should enhance and preserve the features which make up its special character.
Are there any special restrictions or controls?
There are special controls over development within Conservation Areas. The more significant are summarised below. This is for general information only and in specific cases you are advised to contact the Borough Council for advice:
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