Conservation and Heritage
Bexley’s Development Plan contains planning policies and guidance related to conservation and heritage in the borough.
These policies aim to protect Bexley’s most important heritage assets and ensure that new development respects local context and character, 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.
Statutorily listed buildings and structures
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 and structures
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 are places with special architectural or historic interest, which deserve careful management to protect that character. Bexley has 23 conservation areas across the borough. Special controls apply to buildings in these areas. Each conservation area has an area appraisal and management plan.
- Brook Street, Northumberland Heath (PDF)
- Christ Church, Sidcup (PDF)
- Crossness, Belvedere (PDF)
- Erith Riverside, Erith
- Erith Road, Belvedere (PDF)
- Foots Cray (PDF)
- The Green, Sidcup (PDF)
- Halfway Street, Sidcup (PDF
- High Beeches, North Cray (PDF)
- The Hollies, Sidcup (PDF)
- Iron Mill Lane, Crayford (PDF)
- Lesney Park Road, Erith (PDF)
- Longlands Road, Sidcup (PDF)
- North Cray Village, North Cray (PDF)
- Oak Road, Slade Green (PDF)
- Old Bexley, Bexley (PDF)
- Old Forge Way, Sidcup (PDF)
- The Oval, Sidcup (PDF)
- Parkhurst, Bexley (PDF)
- Red House Lane, Bexleyheath (PDF)
- Star Hill, Crayford (PDF)
- Willersley Avenue and Braundton Avenue, Sidcup (PDF)
- Woolwich Road, Upper Belvedere (PDF)
You can get more information and advice on conservation areas from Historic England.
Article 4 directions
Several Article 4 directions are in force in Bexley that limit the amount of development that can take place without planning permission within some Conservation Areas. Further information can be found on Article 4 Directions.
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
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.
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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.