Volunteers always needed …

In addition to the volunteers  you will encounter in the Fleur, we have people who contribute behind the scenes: running our talks and events programme, minuting meetings, curating our museum collection, looking after and cataloguing our paper and photographic archives, organising and hanging our exhibitions, campaigning, looking after our social media, editing and producing our publications, the newsletter and the journal we’ll  be launching this year.  We also welcome volunteers who can help with maintaining our buildings and our garden. Volunteers run the Open Houses and Open Gardens event s each year, staff the Chart Gunpowder Mill and provide the Faversham Town Walks. They do it for enjoyment and the sense of satisfaction it brings,

Members of the Society work through our Environment and Planning committees to achieve our conservation, heritage and better Faversham objectives and the Faversham Society Archaeological Group and the Faversham Society History Group – new members are always welcome.

If you are interested in working with us, please leave a note for the Chair at the Fleur at 13 Preston Street or email chair@favershamsociety.info

Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

If your enquiry relates to whether a building is listed or located within one of Swale Borough’s 50 Conservation Areas, you should be able to find the information you need via the following web-based information resources:

Listed Buildings:  https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

(Please note that listed buildings are designated by Historic England and not by the Borough Council)

Conservation Areas: http://www.swale.gov.uk/conservation-areas/

(Please note that the web page this link takes you to provides web links to maps for all 50 of the Borough’s Conservation Areas along with web links to the relevant Conservation Area Character Appraisal documents, where the latter have been produced)

If your enquiry entails seeking an opinion/view on a proposed development scheme (including alterations to listed buildings and/or buildings within conservation areas), then you will need to make your enquiry via the Borough Council’s pre-application service, the details of which can be found by clicking on the link below:


Please note that there will normally be a small charge for this service, as set out in the scale of charges on the web page.  Planning Officers in the Development Management Team handle all pre-application enquiries and consult with specialist in-house and County Council based officers as necessary.

Unauthorised works/development and other breaches of planning controls

If your enquiry relates to a matter of this nature, please use the Borough Council’s online report a breach service, which you can access by clicking the link below:


(Please note this is a shared service with Maidstone Borough Council, hence the reference to Maidstone in the web link address)

If you are concerned about works/development which you know are, or you think may be unauthorised, you might also find the information on the Swale Borough Council Planning Enforcement web page of some assistance/interest.  You can access this by clicking on the link below:


Trees in Conservation Areas and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

The Design & Conservation Section of the Spatial Planning Team does not deal with tree enquiries related to either of the above stated categories.  Please click on the link below for more information regarding the protection/management of trees within the Borough and use the on-line resources provided to report a problem/concern, lodge a notice of works to trees in a Conservation Area or submit an application for works to or the felling of a tree or trees protected by a TPO:


Choices for housing growth in Swale

Swale Borough Council engaged Peter Brett Associates to provide a starting point for developing a longer-term vision for how Swale might deal with choices about the type and location of housing growth.

None of the current represents an agreed political position or
policy in Swale. The views presented are those of the consultant
team only.

This study was commissioned for two reasons

  1. because the planning inspector for the current adopted plan had concerns that the current plan might not be able to support sufficient homes over the plan period. And required an early plan review.
  2. national government is consulting on a new method of calculating housing targets. Emerging numbers suggest that Swale needs to provide more housing permissions – equivalent to around 35% more every year, on top of the number already in the local plan. This is equivalent to 7,500 additional homes by 2037/38.

Choices for housing growth suggests scenarios which could accommodate 15,000 new houses in Swale. Faversham emerges as one of the likely options for very substantial house building.

It provides the context for the Future Faversham meeting on March 8th


Arrangements for access to Preston Fields

Application No:16/508602/OUT

Revised Details Land at Preston Fields, Salters Lane, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8YD

The Faversham Society has some serious generic concerns about the impacts of development south of the A2 on connectivity, safety and congestion. We request that Swale Planners pay particular attention to the road, pedestrian and cycle linkages between developments south of the A2 and the town.

We are particularly concerned that the drawings include a roundabout at the A251/A2 junction an idea about which the Society has serious concerns.

The A2 is rapidly evolving into a residential street in the middle of a town, not a road along the outside of it. This needs to be recognised in individual site plans and in the next SBC development plan. Planning for the new developments south of the A2 needs to recognise the long-term plans for a 20 mph zone across the town

There is a danger that the Preston Fields development will establish precedents which others will follow. In our view that would be very undesirable.

We need to see pedestrian and cycle infrastructure as well as vehicle infrastructure. We want to see light-controlled pedestrian crossings particularly around the periods when school children are going to and from school

There needs to be a footpath along the south side of the A2 and a two-way cycle path on the north side of the A2

The Society wants KCC to develop a plan for the London Road and Canterbury Road that anticipates the full transport needs of Faversham – pedestrian and cycling transport – not just the needs of vehicles.