Where the potential heritage impact of a development is not clear, the usual first step is a desk-based assessment. Although there are certain standard elements (including consulting the local Historic Environment Record), a project is best served by a bespoke piece of work which focuses on key elements of the historic environment. A good desk-based assessment assembles all the relevant baseline information and sets the tone for any further work which may be required.
“As a planning consultant it is very important to me to obtain prompt, thorough and reliable heritage advice at an early stage in potential development projects, to aid our chances of securing planning permission, and this is exactly what Solstice Heritage delivers”.
“Solstice Heritage have assisted us with general advice, site meetings, heritage and archaeological reports, written appeal statements and provided an expert witness at appeal, for various development projects. Their advice has always been clear, helpful and honest and I would have no hesitation in recommending Solstice Heritage to anyone who requires a heritage consultant”.
“The swift response to all requests has been immensely helpful and the quality of the work and professional presentation has been excellent”.
“Chris has the ability to make the team on site feel comfortable and willing to work with him; his contact with the Planning Authorities and dealing with their archaeologists on a professional level has been extremely beneficial, and above all our mutual client has been highly satisfied with the work carried out by Solstice Heritage”.
“We needed to locate and appoint a professional, northern-based archaeologist quickly with experience of working on older buildings in a rural location. Chris Scott of Solstice Heritage filled all of these requirements and more. We have been highly delighted with his positive can-do approach”.
“We have worked with both Chris and Jim of Solstice Heritage on a wide range of different projects, ranging from the sensitive development of important listed buildings, to matters involving other heritage implications such as archaeology and conservation areas”.
“I can happily recommend Solstice Heritage to anyone who requires specialist advice and assistance on any heritage matters, and particularly where such advice is key to the development succeeding in obtaining planning permission”.
“The Solstice Heritage [consultancy and assessment document] clearly captures the role the site plays in the conservation area and the setting of assets, the local design cues and details which should be incorporated to deliver a successful scheme and the impact the development will have“.
“Overall, this proposal now offers real opportunities to deliver a development which will not only provide a sense of place but will be a positive enhancement to the conservation area and the setting of other assets“.