our approach to heritage planning

 The UK’s heritage – particularly its historic buildings – is the envy of countries across the globe. Our team of qualified, experienced and commercially minded heritage consultants help owners of historic buildings and landscapes to preserve the special character of these assets, whilst exploring their value for the long term.

Our three-stage method of ‘research-design-assessment’, ensures that we provide the relevant inputs required at each stage of a project and enables us to deliver value to the outcome of a development. Our success is based on identifying opportunities, risks and solutions, and engaging with the project, design and client team in addition to other stakeholders, as required.

We work with clients responsible for listed buildings, buildings located in conservation areas, locally listed buildings and other non-designated heritage assets. Our clients want to work with professionals who have extensive experience of managing heritage issues within the planning and development process, and to use a property partner who has respect for our built heritage. 


Some of the ways we can help with your heritage project:
  • Providing strategic planning advice on all heritage matters

  • Undertaking setting-assessments where proposed development may result in on- or off-site impacts

  • Setting design parameters for heritage-related projects during feasibility, and advising on design approach and mitigation

  • Helping to unlock heritage issues that arise during the planning process, including justifications and the presentation of heritage benefits

  • Negotiating with Conservation Officers and Historic England

  • Handling planning applications for new development, alterations or extensions

  • Providing Significance Assessments, Heritage Impact Assessments and Heritage Statements to support applications

  • Townscape Character and Impact Assessment reports 

  • Handling Enforcement issues and liaising with Officers 

Our Heritage Expertise


Our Case Studies



Trengwainton House

Comet Hotel

Fox and Pheasant


Scudamores Punting Stations

other heritage case studies

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The Team
christopher surfleet

Chris Surfleet

Partner, Head of Heritage and Urban Design Studio

steve handforth partner heritage

Steve Handforth

Partner, Heritage

fiona macadie

Fiona MacAdie

Associate, Heritage and Design

kate hannelly

Kate Hannelly

Associate, Heritage and Design

fiona williams principal heritage and design

Fiona Williams

Principal, Heritage and Design

georgina pickett senior planner

Georgina Pickett

Principal Heritage Consultant

daniele haynes heritage planner

Daniele Haynes

Heritage Planner

eleanor grace senior heritage consultant

Eleanor Grace

Senior Heritage Consultant

luisa townsley pateam secretary planning

Luisa Townsley

PA/Team Secretary, Planning

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