Heritage Assessments

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Gathering known site information and asseses the impact of development


What are Heritage Assessments?

Also referred to as a Heritage Statement or Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA), it is a report that is submitted as part of planning applications for listed building consents or conservation areas. There are two main functions of a Heritage Assessment. It is compiled both to detail the significance of the heritage assets of a site, and to determine the impact development will have on the site, also providing a case to justify to proposed work.

How are Heritage Assessments Done?

L-P provide both environmental expertise and act as a consultant to the client, advising on planning application requirements. Historic, archaeological, architectural and conservation information is gathered, along with documentary evidence including maps, photographs and any relevant archived paperwork relating to the site. All evidence, key feature information and conclusions are then drawn up as a final report.

When do you need a Heritage Assessment?

To comply with guidelines set out in Paragraph 128 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). A Heritage Assessment is required for any application that directly affects a heritage asset or its setting, e.g. applications for Listed Building Consent or applications for development attached to a listed building or within the setting of a conservation area.