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Councillors to discuss local heritage assets

Published Wednesday 22 September, 2021
Last updated on Thursday 7 October, 2021

Councillors are being asked to agree the criteria for Swale’s important buildings and green spaces to be placed on the local heritage list.

Swale Borough Council’s local heritage list provides a framework for the council, stakeholders, and the community to identify important heritage assets that make up distinctive elements of the borough. It also provides clarity on the location of assets and what it is about them that is significant.

Some of the potential assets under consideration for the Local Heritage List are the Kingsferry Bridge, Milton Regis viaduct, Borden school and the war memorial gardens in Faversham.

The Coop building in Sheerness, the Century cinema in Sittingbourne and the 1960s post office in Faversham are also being considered.

Cllr Mike Baldock, cabinet member for planning at the council, said:

“It’s important that we protect the diverse heritage buildings and green spaces we have here in Swale.

"The public response to our heritage strategy released last year demonstrated a very clear support for our proactive approach in promoting and protecting our Heritage. Involving local people and groups in identifying those aspects of our heritage that are important to them locally is the next step in delivering our strategy even further.

“A borough wide local heritage list will help us raise awareness, instruct developers and better record the nature of the local historic environment.

“We went out to public consultation on the proposed listing criteria earlier this year, and had supportive responses from local amenity groups, parish and town councils, and Kent County Council.

“We’ve listened to what they’ve said and updated the listing criteria to include typology that shows the style of building, structure or space that is specific to Swale, and buildings that have been and still are prominent in the community.

“Criteria for the heritage list needs to be consistently applied across the borough, and not only will it be considered in planning applications, but it will also create an accurate record of our local heritage assets for the very first time.”

Councillors will discuss the listing criteria at tonight’s cabinet meeting (Wednesday, 22 September).

The meeting agenda and full report can be found here.