Tourism and Heritage Strategy

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

5. Planning Policy Framework

The Gravesham Local Plan, as the development framework for the future of the Borough, recognises the role that tourism and heritage have to the Gravesham economy, specifically Town Centre regeneration and sustainable rural diversification.

Policy CS09 – Culture & Tourism – applies a sequential approach to the provision of new tourist facilities appropriate to their location and accessibility; supports proposals which meet the diversity of Gravesham as a multi-cultural community; and, supports sustainable rural tourism and leisure developments that benefit rural businesses, communities and visitors, compatible to countryside protection policies.

The Local Plan also encourages a positive approach to the Borough’s historic environment to ensure that the historic character and distinctiveness of the Borough is conserved and enhanced, especially within an area of significant change, investment and development. The Borough’s key heritage assets are recognised as including:

  • 300 plus Listed Buildings of which a significant number are of local historic and/or architectural value.
  • 23 Conservation Areas
  • 9 Scheduled Monuments
  • Historic landscapes, landscape features, parks and gardens
  • Known archaeological sites and areas of archaeological significance

Policy CS20 – Heritage and the Built Environment – gives high priority towards the preservation, protection and enhancement of its heritage and historic environment. This is especially so where their interpretation contributes to the distinct identify of the Borough.

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