Heritage Statements & Impact Assessments

England has a wealth of architectural wonders and gems, from our great cathedrals and churches to our farmsteads and everything in between. Each building plays an important part of who we are, and many reflect on the social development of an area.  

Buildings come in many forms, mainly designed for a specific use, be it a home, a hospital, university or industrial building. At Janice Gooch Heritage Consultancy we have a deep understanding and working knowledge of buildings from 12th century stone and timber frames to modern, concrete Brutalist buildings.

In addition, as building surveyors we have a good construction knowledge, which allows us to identify differences and changes in methodology.  

A heritage asset, as defined by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the guidance provided by government as ~ "A building, monument, site, place, area or landscape identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions, because of heritage interest. Heritage asset includes designated heritage assets and assets identified by the local planning authority (including local listing)."

Any work that cause harm to a heritage asset or the setting of a heritage asset, requires a Statement of Significance, often referred to as a Heritage Statement.

Statement of Significance 

A Statement of Significance places the asset in its wider context, the setting, either the landscape or its urban setting and the assets relationship with its setting. An assessment is made on three main values - emotional, cultural and use, which can then be broken down into sub-sections such as social, architectural, political, and spiritual values. These values are then considered for their importance locally, regionally or nationally.

Heritage Statements have the addition of an assessment on the significance of a heritage asset

Heritage Statement

A Heritage Statement has the addition of an assessment on the impact of a proposed scheme on the significance of a heritage asset ~ in simple terms, is the proposed project going to have a negative, positive or natural effect on why the heritage asset is important. It is important to note that even if you are not doing the works directly to the heritage asset, but within the setting of a listed building, then you will be asked to provide a Heritage Statement.