The assessment of setting and the potential impact on setting arising from development is now a critical part of proposals affecting built heritage assets. Over recent years, case law and policy has raised the importance of, and clarified the interpretation of, the setting of listed buildings and Conservation Areas, and the scrutiny of proposals.

The requirements are to ensure that proposed developments in an urban and rural context have carefully considered the contribution which setting makes to the significance of an asset and the extent to which proposals may impact on that setting. Findings are usually presented in the form of a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA).

Bidwells has a wide range of experience of producing such reports to support proposals of all types, scale and context across the UK, and we have particular success in defining impacts and securing permission.

We apply a setting- and significance-assessment methodology which accords with national guidance, and we are also able to tailor our reports to suit specific site requirements. We undertake thorough site visits to ensure that we have fully understood the nature of existing settings and the degree of change, harm or benefit that can result from a development.

Given the importance of setting-impact within the planning process, we are always keen to be involved at an early stage on feasibility assessments where setting may be impacted by development, and to assist with ideas for minimizing impact or increasing migration measures.

What we do

  • Undertake baseline assessments of existing settings and the extent to which settings contribute or detract from heritage assets
  • Provide initial appraisal of setting impact levels
  • Prepare Heritage Impact Assessments, including impact-assessments of setting
  • Advise on all aspects of setting and measures for mitigation.
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