Heritage Statements /Assessments of Significance are often needed to accompany planning applications for alterations or part demolition for any Listed Building or historic building in a Conservation Area. [following Historic Englands guidelines in Conservation Principles 2008] that should include a Statement of Significance of the building/s. This is also a requirement of the NPPF 2018 Proposals affecting heritage assets Para 189, 190 ‘heritage assets assessed using appropriate expertise’
We undertake desk based assessments and surveys and related appraisals of heritage assets for the development of heritage led projects for the homeowner from minor improvements for LBC, or the acting developer/agent/architect for major improvements and LBC. We undertake requisite research and analysis and more detailed assessments with related impact assessments.
To begin with we carry out historical research and an assessment of significance on site survey of the building/s, external and internal, to assess the historic fabric and architectural features for their significance. We then can use a traffic light grading system of what is most important to retain, its condition, and also what is having a negative impact to the fabric and building/s.
For major developments it is vital this survey is carried out at pre app stage, before you design a scheme, so the development can be heritage led and therefore evolve around our findings, satisfying conservation policies and LPA conservation teams.
Our surveys can aid and inform you in the development of a scheme for sympathetic redevelopment or conservation repair/adaptation. We can then provide an Heritage Impact Assessment for the homeowner or developer, using data from our initial research and on site survey that may then involve some mitigation to regenerate and reuse an historic site complimenting what exists.
We have found this has the best planning outcomes for all, when involving sensitive listed buildings and non-designated heritage assets and buildings in conservation areas. We can also give advice, support and can liaise, negotiate and develop relationships with planning officers, consultees, interested organisations, third parties and fellow professionals.
“In summary, what is needed is an impartial analysis of significance and the contribution of setting. A Statement of Heritage Significance is not an
advocacy document, seeking to justify a scheme which has already been designed; it is more an objective analysis of significance, an opportunity to describe what matters and why, in terms of heritage significance.” Ref HE Statements of Heritage Significance:Analysing Significance in Heritage Assets October 2019
“Where the significance is not obvious, appropriate expertise would need to be used, as the NPPF points out (paragraph 189). Analysis would generally be undertaken by a suitably qualified specialist, expert in an appropriate branch of conservation, architectural history, garden history and/or archaeology, or, in more complex circumstances, group of specialists, who can describe significance in a way which is acceptable to the local planning authority and which therefore assists a successful application.” Ref HE Statements of Heritage Significance:Analysing Significance in Heritage Assets October 2019
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This document is referred to as suggested reference in “Managing Significance in Decision-Taking in the Historic Environment Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning: 2” Historic England 2015