Riverhead Conservation Area covers some 10.0 hectares and contains about 30 listed buildings. It was first designated in 1974, extended in 1992 and 2010 and covers the centre of the village around the junction of the Square and Amherst Hill, but also stretches northwards to include the east side of London Road and a small section of Maidstone Road. To the south the wall to the former Montreal Park on the west side of Amherst Hill is included as is the land lying between here and Shoreham Lane. It also includes parts of Montreal Road and Worship’s Hill. The western extremity includes the north side of Chipstead Lane and extends almost to the boundary of the Chipstead Common Conservation Area.
The Conservation Area lies completely within the built environs of Riverhead, which is linked to Sevenoaks town, although the countryside designated as Green Belt almost reaches the northeast and south-west borders.
The remains of Montreal Park, to the south-west, are included within the North Downs and Greensand Ridge Special Landscape Areas.
The area contains both residential and commercial properties, a private nursery in the old school and the Church of St Mary’s. There is a new Riverhead Village Hall and church hall, a large public house and restaurant, together with sheltered housing for the elderly.
The outlying areas of Riverhead, beyond the Conservation Area, are mainly pre and post war housing estates.
The listed properties in the Conservation Area date from the 17th and 18th Century and the older unlisted properties date mainly from the 19th Century.