Swanley Village lies on the western edge of Kent, 16 miles from central London and a mile and a half north-east of the modern town of Swanley. The M25 motorway is 350m to the east of the village and the railway line between London and east Kent runs just to the south.
Swanley Village Conservation Area encompasses the main village street from Highlands Farm in the west to Coldharbour Farm in the east, along with land on the north side as far as the Victorian church, school and vicarage and the north part of Beechenlea Lane.
Swanley Village Conservation Area was designated in 1984 and extended in 1997 and again in 2006. In 2019 the appraisal was updated and the conservation area was extended to include Lucas Farmhouse and the group of buildings around it, and the building attached to the Coach House at Old Place, now part of Old Place Stables, as well as the building attached to the Coach House at Old Place, now part of Old Place Stables.
The Conservation Area Appraisal (CAA) is split into three documents: Introduction, Appraisal and Design Guidance.