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CONSERVATION PLANNING

  • Appraisals: character appraisals, statements of significance, townscape assessments, heritage statements, environmental statements

  • Management plans: conservation areas, historic buildings and landscapes; conservation plans and statements

  • Assessments: environmental impact assessments, strategic environmental assessments, infrastructure projects, streetscape projects, regeneration schemes, development sites

  • Strategic planning advice on structure and local development plans, national/local policies, masterplans

  • Auditing and monitoring of conservation plans and area appraisals

  • Thematic studies: e.g. historic paving, street furniture, ironwork, plasterwork

  • Background material for planning permission, listed building consent or conservation area consent applications and appeals

  • Funding: co-ordination of funding applications and supporting information

Example 1 - Heritage Statement

A Heritage Statement to accompany a planning application for a development site in Edinburgh required an understanding of the planning system in Scotland for listed buildings and conservation areas, the history of the surrounding area, how the site developed through time, and its current character. The project involved site visits, photography, archival research, analysis, drafting of text, production of marked up mapping using QGIS software, and putting together an illustrated report using Adobe's desktop publishing InDesign software.

Example 2 - Landscape Management Plan

A Landscape Management Plan was commissioned for a large designated historic garden and designed landscape surrounding a country house in the Central Belt of Scotland. The landscape was created over three centuries, with elements surviving from each generation of the family owners. Working with a landscape architect and an arboriculturalist specialising in heritage trees, a Management Plan was produced that outlined the history of the surviving elements, assessed their condition, identified key elements for protection, recommended policies for maintenance, and identified priorities for repair and opportunities for the addition of new work. The project involved research into the history of the landscape and its structures in the estate archives, site visits to match surviving elements to the archival record, understanding the current management of the landscape, and working with the clients to achieve a viable plan for its future.