Bidwells' heritage team has extensive experience and success with a variety of enforcement cases, specialising in Grade I, II* and II buildings, Locally Listed and Non-Designated Heritage Assets and unauthorised development within Conservation Areas.
Any works undertaken to a designated heritage asset without relevant listed building consents or planning permissions are open to enforcement action by a Local Planning Authority. It is essential to tackle these issues at an early stage to identify the building’s alteration potential and navigate any complex regularisation issues.
The team has first-hand experience of dealing with sensitive cases from both a local authority and private client perspective. Key members of the team are very knowledgeable of the potential complexities of enforcement and prosecution proceedings, and understand the sensitivity and care required to ensure a positive outcome.
Our key aim is to optimise the scope for change within a site or building, whilst preserving the key values of the historic environment. Successful outcomes are achieved by informed analysis of a site’s value and a detailed understanding of the issues derived from years’ of historic environment experience. We have skill in successfully negotiating in very challenging situations with local authorities, and in being able to expertly balance ‘heritage benefits’ against any potential harm caused.
How we can help
Determining key values of a site to help optimise the potential for change whilst preserving its significance
Identifying heritage benefits and negotiating with local planning authorities or legal representatives
Providing justification for works undertaken/proposed
Preparing applications for Listed Building Consent/Planning Permission, as required