Architectural Heritage Impact Assessment

architectural heritage impact assessment

This is carried out for protected structures and those located within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACA). It also includes structures deemed to be of importance due to their inclusion in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH). These reports assess the potential impact a proposed development may have upon a given structure and propose mitigation measures to resolve such issues. Appropriate assessment and the necessary mitigation allow the authorities to make an informed planning decision regarding a structure of importance. The aim is to ensure a development can proceed without compromising heritage values.

Under the Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines for Planning Authorities (2011) and as qualified Conservation Consultants, we can undertake Architectural Heritage Impact Assessments at either pre-planning stage or as a Further Information Request of a planning application. It is recommended to have a pre-planning meeting with an area planner if the proposed development is:

  • A recorded monument listed in the Record of Monuments & Places (RMP).
  • Located within an historic town which may be listed in the RMP.
  • Located within an Architectural Conservation Area (ACA).
  • A protected structure listed in the Record of Protected Structures (RPS).
  • A building included in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH).

If you are unsure, either ask your Area Planner, check the relevant County Development Plan or ask your Planning Agent to contact us. It is important that you understand any statutory designations your building or area may have as early as possible in the planning process. This will ensure that the correct procedures are followed from the outset and avoid any unnecessary delays or costs later in the development process.