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:

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

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:

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.

Faversham and St Thomas Becket


While the great Abbey of St Saviour Faversham and the parish church of St Mary would have celebrated events connected with St Thomas we have in Faversham a particular event that involved the grammar schoolmaster, Lawrence Barry, of the town of Faversham in 1420.


On the 7th July 1220 the body of St Thomas was translated from the tomb in the crypt at Christ Church Canterbury, where it had rested since his murder in 1170, to the new shrine in the Trinity Chapel amid great pomp and splendour. Every fifty years the jubilee celebration of his death was attended by an immense concourse of pilgrims some moved by religious fervour, others by promises of indulgences for sin and the hope of a cure of their ailments.


With such large crowds, the Jubilee year of 1370 had been a disaster with extortionate food prices, due to a local famine. Campbell says that 1368-70 was the only instance of a triple harvest failure and the single longest run of below average harvests was from 1364 to 1372.[i] So that at the end of 1420, having secured a successful conclusion to the jubilee, we find a variety of accounts of what transpired.


The papal bull granting the dispensation to hold the jubilee commemorating the death of Thomas Becket in 1170 was not to be found. Apparently, it had been stolen in 1370, so that there was disagreement about exactly what it conferred. Rumours spread among the pilgrims that 1420 was not a proper jubilee year and that it was really due in the next year 1421. Some started to say that the indulgence only applied to the fortnight following the translation, and not the whole twelve-month; and some said that since the papal bull had been lost, no benefits could be obtained at all. Barry set about elucidating the matter and fixed a notice, presumably in English, to the door of the chapel of the Maison Dieu at Ospringe so that the passing pilgrims would know his findings, although one wonders how many would have been able to read it.


At The National Archives, there is a cartulary (mostly concerning indulgences) but also a chronicle concerning the jubilee of the translation of the body of St Thomas the Martyr[ii]. Raymonde Foreville has transcribed, amongst others, pages 45 to 47 of this document, which provides the account of Barry’s actions.[iii] On the notice, he describes himself as ‘Master Lawrence Barry, headmaster of the Grammar School in the town of Fawerscham’. He points out that he had a singular affection to the blessed martyr and having inspected the books in the monastery, wished to contradict the objections of ‘least truth’ that the jubilee was not in that present year. He confirms the indulgence, for those that have truly confessed and are sorry for their sins, is for the whole of the Jubilee year and that the loss of the Papal Bull did not inhibit the indulgence. For a fuller account of the celebrations, which lasted fifteen days from 6 July, see William Somner and by Dr William Urry.[iv]

Duncan Harrington FSA, FSG, LHG.

[i] Bruce M. S. Campbell ‘Agriculture in Kent in the High Middle Ages’ in Later Medieval Kent 1220-1540 edited by Sheila Sweetinburgh (2010) p. 46.

[ii] TNA: E 36/196 pp. 49-50.

[iii] Le Jubilé de Saint Thomas Becket (Paris, 1958) pp. 135-137.

[iv] William Somner, The Antiquities of Canterbury, reprint 1977 appendix p. 51, number XLII; William Urry, Cantium April 1970 pp. 27-29, gives the Somner reference as Corporation of Canterbury MSS Register A. folio 34v. (now CC/O/A/1) and Faversham Grammar School Magazine, July 1948 pp.14-15. (CCA: Pamph/8/34).