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Working with Local Authorities

Guiding development is an important part of the work of local authorities, and we are increasingly supporting this through expert advice. We apply our skills and experience to provide practical advice and guidance on protecting heritage assets and informing sensitive change.

Conservation Area Appraisals

We regularly undertake appraisals of Conservation Areas by researching their history, undertaking site surveys, and assessing what makes them special. We also support Councils in conducting public consultation on boundary changes. We have provided appraisals for conservation areas across the UK, including North Norfolk, Newport, East Hampshire, Rhyl, Trafford and Runnymede. 

Local Lists of Heritage Assets

We can support Councils in understanding why buildings and places are important to local people and assessing their potential for protection through local planning policies. 

Strategic assessments of development sites

We can help Councils identify opportunities for development sites, drawing on the combined skills of our heritage consultants, master planners and architects. 


Conservation advice on planning applications

Where local planning authorities lack capacity, we can provide expert impartial conservation advice in relation to applications for planning permission and listed building consent. This entails, for example, providing impartial commentary on development proposals at pre-application and application stages to statutory consultation deadlines, and attending pre-application meetings and site visits. 

Advice on council-owned heritage assets

Local authorities are owners and managers of considerable portfolios of historic buildings and sites, ranging from town halls to park buildings. We regularly provide advice on maximising their potential, including condition assessments, heritage appraisals, guidance on funding applications, and architectural services in repair, conservation and regeneration. Our range of project work includes, for example, Manchester Town Hall, Maesteg Town Hall, Gunnersbury Park and Tower Bridge. 

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