Heritage Statements (also called Heritage Impact Assessments) are carried out in response to development proposals and represent a crucial first step when change is being considered. They are a one-off requirement for LBC and SMC applications, or for planning applications affecting Conservation Areas.
The extent is dependent upon the historic importance or statutory designation of the building, and the breadth of the proposals. General heritage significance is established, before focusing on the impact of specific proposals so that informed decisions can be made.
Our Heritage Statements have been crucial in achieving positive outcomes to planning applications.
Some case studies…
Grade II Listed cottage, North Curry, Somerset
Planning permission for the raising of the ceiling level at the rear of the property was refused on the basis that the fabric was believed to be Georgian. Inspection of the attic established that this part of the building was a Victorian extension, and that the roof level was subsequently raised. Exposed timbers in a bedroom ceiling previously thought to be original were part of this 20th century modernisation. Planning permission was subsequently granted.