Linton Conservation Area
A number of documents and maps are available for viewing and download from the links on this page. Be advised that some of the files are large, and a broadband connection is recommended!
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The centre of the village of Linton is designated as a Conservation Area, and has been since 1972. You might not care, you might not even have known - but it is, and that simple fact has had a real impact on our village, over the years.
Put simply, it means that all proposals for change or development within that area are subject to an extra level of scrutiny. In addition, many individual buildings and monuments are listed, and thus protected from demolition or removal or any other significant change. A recent example is our red telephone box outside the Village Hall, which was completely demolished in 2006 by a car that left the road and collided with it. Because the box was listed, and was situated in a conservation area, it has been replaced by BT... otherwise it would have been lost forever.
Overall, it is clear that the properties and the roads (yes, really!) are better maintained because they are inside the conservation area than might otherwise have been the case.
The Borough Council has a statutary duty to review all of the conservation areas in the Borough on a regular basis. This does not appear to have happened with the Linton Conservation Area - it was first designated in September 1972, was reviewed in April 1974, and then left untouched until it was finally reviewed again in 2007. An opportunity was given at that time to all residents, and to the Parish Council, to make comments. The comments made at that time by Linton PC are available here
The appraisal document was approved and adopted by Maidstone Borough Council in March 2008. The appraisal document is interesting and well worth reading.
It comes in several parts - click on the titles to download and read them.
Linton Parish Council held a special meeting on Monday 9th February 2009. Some twenty members of the public attended, and had the opportunity to state their views. The minutes of the meeting are available here.
The above appraisal documents can also be downloaded from the MBC website, here, along with those relating to a number of other Conservation Areas including Boughton Monchelsea.
Originally scheduled for delivery in March 2009, a Conservation Area Management Plan was finally drafted and issued for consultation in January 2010. This contained important issues for residents, including proposals to make several changes to the boundary, and may - for example - have a bearing on future planning applications in the Conservation Area. Residents and other interested parties once again had the opportunity to comment, though the timetable was tight. The original Draft Management Plan for consultation can be viewed or downloaded here:
The Consultation Period on the Plan ran until 5th February 2010. The Plan could be viewed at Coxheath Library and at Maidstone Library in St.Faiths Street, Maidstone.The Plans were also available at the Maidstone Gateway on King Street, Maidstone.
Maidstone Borough Council considered that this constituted sufficient advertisement of the plan, but at the insistence of the Parish Council, a special public meeting was held on Tuesday 9th February 2010 in Linton Village Hall to discuss the Plan. The minutes are available here.
Following the public meeting, and other feedback received, a revised version of the Management Plan was submitted for approval, and was duly approved. The following documents are available here for viewing and download:
The documents are also available for viewing and download from the MBC website, here.
It is clear that as a result of the consultation initiative undertaken by Linton PC, and the forthright views expressed at the public meeting and elsewhere, significant and welcome changes have been made to the Management Plan. Democracy in action!
Linton Parish Council would like to thank Maidstone Borough Council Conservation Officer Mike Parkinson and his staff for their co-operation, and for their willingness to take account of the views expressed to them during the consultation exercise. We would also like to thank those residents who took the trouble to attend the special meeting, to provide written feedback, or who otherwise contributed to the success of the consultation.
Introduction of Article 4 Direction
Linton Parish Council will monitor progress in these areas. Significant changes or actions will be noted here. The Council remains interested in the views and experiences of all residents of the Conservation Area. You can express them directly via the Message Centre on this site, or you can talk to any Parish Councillor, or you can attend and if you wish to, address, any Parish Council meeting.
Progress with this issue has never been rapid. However during 2011 the resources available to the conservation Officer, Mr Mike Parkinson, were apparently reduced to save costs. As a result, we are told, matters have now ground to a complete halt. Linton Parish council is unhappy with this situation since the proposed changes to the boundary of the Conservation Area and the administration of the Management Plan are seen as beneficial to the village and the community. It is currently exerting what pressure it can on Maidstone Borough Council to restart the process. This may involve the PC having to take a more active role.
If your property falls inside the proposed extension of the conservation area, you may wish to understand the implications for the future which might arise from this. It is difficult to say with certainty, since much depends on the manner of operation and administration of the scheme by the Borough Council. Our advice is to see the links contained in Section 4 above, since the maps will confirm whether or not your property is to be incorporated within the expanded boundary, and the revised Management Plan will give an idea of the consequences. To the best of our knowledge, the Parish Council have not received a complaint related to the fact that a given property lay within the conservation area, at least in say, the last five years.
A further update will be provided on material developments.