Developments across all sectors, whatever their size and nature, can provide risks posed from the presence of above ground heritage assets such as listed buildings and scheduled, monuments, and from below ground archaeological remains.

The risks to development can vary in degree but can be substantial both in terms of time and money.

Wardell Armstrong has the expertise to guide developers through the planning process when heritage and archaeology are constraints to development and are well equipped to manage risks to development programmes in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Wardell Armstrong is able to produce detailed and informed statements that assess the potential and significance of heritage assets as part of any planning application or listed building consent and can present options for mitigation and enhancement where necessary.

We provide a full range of assessments including Preliminary Constraints Surveys, Heritage Statements, Archaeological Desk Based Assessments, Statements of Significance and specialist chapters for insertion into Environment Statements.

Our heritage specialists are able to advise clients on the need for listed building consent or scheduled monument consent and guide them through the application process including pre-application discussions with Local Planning Authorities, statutory bodies and other stakeholders when necessary. We are also able to offer advice on the design of works proposed including form, scale, materials and repair techniques.

Our heritage specialists can advise on appropriate repairs to historic buildings and structures, providing expert advice on materials and interventions which will sustain the significance of the asset.

Our team have considerable experience in advising on change to heritage assets, including alterations and extensions to help ensure they are kept in viable, long-term uses, as well as repairs to buildings and structures which require restoration and conservation. We can provide practical advice to architects, developers and property owners to help achieve successful outcomes.

Early advice on heritage matters is crucial to the success of any project.  A clear understanding of the opportunities and archaeological and heritage constraints of a project permit informed decisions to be made.

Our heritage team are fully versed in planning legislation, guidance and policy throughout the UK and are able to advise and guide clients through complex planning issues delivering successful results.

We are able to act as Expert Witness for archaeology and heritage at Planning Appeals, representing clients from all business sectors. We have provided numerous written statements and Proofs of Evidence and have presented evidence at Public Hearings and Public Inquiries.

We have also represented clients at Examinations in Public presenting evidence in support of site allocations in the Local Plan process.

We are able to offer clients support in the production of Conservation Appraisals and Management Plans for a variety of heritage assets including Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments. This is undertaken through character surveys, making recommendations for change to conserve the assets, writing appraisals and management plans and aiding in the stakeholder consultation and public engagement.

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