What is a Heritage Statement?
Heritage Statements come in all shapes and sizes. If your development is controversial, sensitive or complex (or maybe all three!) you will need professional input.
A Heritage Statement measures the impact of new development on historic assets, both archaeological and built heritage, and their settings.
It can also include an assessment of the potential impact of a proposed development, with recommendations to mitigate any adverse impacts.
A ‘heritage asset’ may be defined as a building, monument, site, place or landscape identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions, because of its intrinsic heritage interest. It can include designated heritage assets (such as listed buildings, Scheduled Monuments or Conservation Areas) or non-designated heritage assets.
The local planning authority may request a Heritage Statement to be submitted with a planning application where a proposed development will affect the significance of a heritage asset, in compliance with local planning policy and paragraph 189 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF indicates a heritage statement should be ‘proportionate to the asset’s importance’ and ‘no more than is sufficient’.
Border Archaeology has over 20 years’ experience delivering Heritage Statements for a diverse range of sites, both urban and rural, across England and Wales. We have overcome consultee and other parties’ concerns to facilitate the progress of planning applications enabling development to proceed.
What Happens Next?
Armed with an informed appreciation of any potential Heritage impacts and how to manage them cost-effectively, you will be in a strong position to secure your development plans.