Policies and guidance

Bexley has planning policies and guidance related to conservation, heritage and biodiversity in the borough. This guidance aims to ensure that new development respects the local context, character, wildlife and biodiversity, at the same time as creating buildings and places that make Bexley a great place to live and work.

Bexley has over 150 listed buildings and structures, around 400 locally listed buildings and structures, 23 conservation areas, four registered historic parks and gardens, and four scheduled ancient monuments. They are all protected by conservation and heritage legislation.

Bexley has 62 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and 14 strategic green wildlife corridors which help to enhance their connection to wider ecological networks. These sites and corridors are of particular significance within the borough and are protected from harm or loss by policies within Bexley’s Development Plan. These policies also help to enhance the biodiversity value of sites and their connections to wider ecological networks through new developments. This approach is supported by national policy and guidance.

Statutory listed buildings

Statutory listed buildings are protected by legislation in the Planning (Listed Buildings Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

These are buildings, objects or structures considered to be of special architectural or historic interest at a national level, which need to be preserved for future generations.

The list is compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, based on advice from Historic England.

You can get more information and advice on statutory listed buildings from Historic England.

Alterations to a statutory listed building

If you intend to alter or demolish part or all of a statutory listed building or structure, you must apply for Listed Building Consent as part of your planning application.

Locally listed buildings

Locally listed buildings have historic or architectural merit and are protected by local planning policy.

Bexley compiles and maintains a list of local buildings and other structures of special historic or architectural interest in the borough.

You can get more information and advice on locally listed buildings from Historic England.

Conservation areas

Historic parks and gardens

Parks and gardens of special historic interest are included on the register of Historic Parks and Gardens. The register is maintained by Historic England. This status recognises their value and is a material consideration in planning applications.

There are four registered historic parks and gardens in Bexley.

  • Lamorbey Park, Sidcup Grade II
  • Danson Park, Bexleyheath Grade II
  • Hall Place, Bexley Grade II
  • Foots Cray Place, Sidcup Grade II

View the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Scheduled ancient monuments

A scheduled monument is a nationally important archaeological site or historic building, given protection against unapproved change. Scheduled Monument Consent (SMC) is needed for any works affecting these monuments.

There are four scheduled Ancient Monuments in Bexley:

  • Faesten Dic, Joydens Wood, Bexley
  • Lesnes Abbey, Abbey Road, Abbey Wood
  • Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley
  • Howbury Moated Side, Moat Lane, Slade Green

View guidance on scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Please email spandgteam@bexley.gov.uk with any queries. 

Sites of importance for nature conservation

Sites of importance for nature conservation (SINC) and strategic green wildlife corridors are protected by policies within Bexley’s Development Plan.

Places in Bexley that are of the most significant value for wildlife and biodiversity have been designated by the Council as Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation. Strategic green wildlife corridors help to enhance their connection to wider ecological networks.

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The Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation Report and the partial review paper are an important consideration for developers in the preparation of planning applications. SINC are a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

More information on London's biodiversity and Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation is available from the Mayor of London.

Biodiversity

Bexley is home to some wonderful wildlife and natural places, including the Thames marshes in Erith and Crayford and ancient woodlands at Lesnes Abbey and Chalk Wood.

The conservation of biodiversity is an essential part of sustainable development and is important for people and the economy. Biodiversity also helps to reduce the impacts of climate change, as green areas absorb rainfall and have a cooling effect in summer.

Biodiversity is an important consideration in the assessment of planning applications. Important sites, habitats and species receive protection bylaws, policies and guidance.

Archaeology

Bexley has a wealth of archaeological remains, which represent a storehouse of historical information, including evidence of the evolution of development and settlements in the borough.

Bexley has identified 18 Areas of High Archaeological Potential (AHAP) in Bexley where there is a greater potential for the discovery of archaeological remains. AHAP is intended to act as flags within the planning system.