South Darenth Conservation Area (CA) covers some 5.2 hectares and contains six Listed Buildings. It was designated in 1992 and remains unchanged.
The Boundary was thoroughly reviewed and checked in 2009 and it was considered that no changes were necessary. An area in the north, around Victory Terrace and Holmesdale Cottages, of the CA was suggested for inclusion in 2003, however, it was felt that the houses in this area had been too altered to warrant inclusion. No other area was felt worthy of inclusion in the South Darenth CA. The area has reached a maturity which is appropriate and does not require review or addition.
The countryside to the east and south is designated as Green Belt and forms part of an Area of Local Landscape Importance.
The Conservation Area is centred around the River Darent and the paper making industry that historically utilised this natural resource.
To the north of the village lies the border between Sevenoaks District and Dartford Borough. To the west the village development continues beyond the boundary of Sevenoaks and falls under the jurisdiction of Dartford Council. As such, the land to the north and west is not covered by the Local Plan.
The Conservation Area is a fascinating mix of small rural houses and lanes and semi industrial urban buildings.
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