Landscape character documents

The Maidstone Landscape Character Assessment identifies the features that give an area its 'sense of place' and pinpoints what makes it different from neighbouring areas.  It provides technical information on landscape character which can be used for landscape design and management purposes. It also enables Maidstone’s environment to be protected and enhanced by ensuring that any changes take place in a way that is sympathetic to the character of the landscape and make the most opportunities to enhance it.

The Landscape Character Guidelines give advice on landscape schemes and plant species in an area.

The Maidstone Landscape Capacity Study assesses the comparative sensitivity of the borough’s landscapes to development. The study excludes the general urban area of Maidstone and the nationally designated Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as these have protection through other policies, but includes the fringe landscapes of both areas. There are two parts to this report: a general sensitivity assessment and more specific site assessments.

The Medway Valley Strategic Landscape Enhancement Plan was made by Kent County Council. This helps make sure any work done to an area is appropriate for its character and where possible helps to improve it.

Historic parks and gardens

Sites are identified as nationally important by Historic England. There are five of these sites in Maidstone. These are:

  • Chilston Park, Boughton Malherbe
  • Leeds Castle, Leeds/Broomfield
  • Linton Park, Linton
  • Boughton Monchelsea Place, Boughton Monchelsea
  • Mote Park, Maidstone

The Kent Parks and Gardens Guide also lists nine gardens of country level historic importance:

  • Allington Castle, Maidstone
  • Hunton Court, Hunton
  • Loddington House, Linton
  • Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead
  • The Old Parsonage, Sutton Valence
  • Torry Hill Park, Frinsted
  • Turkey Court, Maidstone
  • Vinters Valley Park, Maidstone
  • West Farleigh Hall, West Farleigh

To find a listed park or garden in Maidstone search the Historic England website.

Although there are no specific planning controls relating to historic parks and gardens, their importance is taken into account when planning applications are decided.