Planning applications


Assessing risks and identifying solutions

Rapid assessments reduce risks by identifying potential for heritage assets and assessing planning requirements. This type of assessment is most useful at the inception stage of a project. Reviewing risks and resolving issues continues through each stage of a project to achieve one or a number of the following outcomes:

  • planning permission
  • listed building consent
  • conservation area consent
  • successful planning appeal, including expert witness services
  • scheduled monument consent.

Example project: Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HEAP): Harley House, Berkshire.

Heritage reports for planning submissions

We provide a prompt, confidential service based on years of experience in successfully working to achieve our client’s planning requirements. We will advice what types of reports are required and have a proven track record of delivering:

  • EIA chapters and detailed appendices
  • heritage statements for listed building and conservation area consents.

Example project: EIA chapters and detailed appendices: Brindley Drive, Birmingham

Example project: Heritage statements for listed building and conservation area consents: Halton House, Buckinghamshire.

Listed Building and Settings Assessments and Conservation Area Assessments

We provide advice on designing proposals and contributing to regeneration to enhance setting. This service includes discussions with the Local Planning Authority and Historic England. We assess proposals in relation to settings and detailed recording of historic buildings to fulfill planning requirements. Assessment reports focus on the significance of the phases of a building or a group of buildings or settings assessments for Listed Buildings, unlisted buildings of local interest and Conservation Areas. We have the expertise to work at all levels of recording, as appropriate to your project.

Example project: Historic Building Recording: Watlington House, Reading

Example project: Homes within or adjacent to historic curtilages: Wetheringsett House, Suffolk.

Planning appeals and expert witness

We have a proven track record in providing reports that present our client’s case for appeals. We will negotiate on your behalf and reach common ground, where appropriate. We provide expert witness testimony at planning inquirers and supporting documentation assessing effects of proposals on both built and buried heritage assets.

Example project: Planning appeal: Waltham Hall, Essex.

Support in gaining Scheduled Monument Consent

The legal framework ensures that all works to Scheduled Monuments must be consented by Historic England, even for those minor works that do not require planning permission. Should you need to undertake works to or near a Scheduled Monument, we provide advice, negotiate with Historic England to gain consent and obtain competitive quotes for that work to ensure that your projects adhere to legislation.