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We can advise which steps are required to properly consider heritage and conservation matters


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Heritage assets such as listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments and sites within conservation areas are protected and can directly influence the acceptability of development.

Bell Cornwell is well equipped to communicate with local organisations as well as statutory consultees, such as Historic England, on your behalf. Failure to properly consider possible implications will risk any prospect of securing a positive outcome so it is essential to take measures that ensure new development does not harm such assets. We can advise on the steps required to properly consider heritage and conservation matters as part of your proposal to both protect and enhance the setting.

We prepare heritage impact assessments to accompany  planning applications and ensure that any additional approvals which are required, such as listed building consent, are also applied for.  Where necessary, we can also undertake negotiations on heritage matters with the relevant stakeholders such as Historic England or local historic amenity groups.

Types of development:

  • Listed Buildings
  • Scheduled Ancient Monuments
  • Development in Conservation Areas

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Other Sectors

Acting on behalf of landowners, estates, farmers and other rural businesses, we can assist with sites even in the most sensitive locations. Our advice will help to unlock the development potential of your rural enterprise and utilise the initiatives on offer.
Whether you’re building new commercial facilities, repurposing existing premises or looking to secure a change of use, our input will add value to your development. We can highlight the economic and employment benefits of your proposals, address concerns about traffic, servicing and noise as well as carry out sequential analysis.
This type of new development will often attract considerable interest from the local community and may be subject to very specific land use constraints. We can liaise with key organisations to minimise risk and meet operational needs for clients within both the state and independent sectors.
There is a drive for renewable and low carbon energy solutions as well as sustainable waste management to be delivered through new development. There are both local and national policies at play and we can advise how to incorporate such technologies into your scheme.
Developments such as care villages, elderly and dementia care homes and assisted living accommodation require a strong understanding of sector specific issues. We can compile arguments related to need, specialist design and regulatory requirements as well as addressing the impact on local provisions.
We can help with a range of home improvement projects such as the construction of ancillary accommodation and ‘granny annexes’, changes to allow working from home or extensions to the existing buildings. We can advise what type of permission you require and the best route to obtaining it.
Our experience includes traditional forms of development such as new hotels, holiday parks, campsites and short stay visitor accommodation. We are also specialists in less common schemes which include tree houses, shepherd huts and other high end, bespoke offerings. Our analysis of the site will help to develop a strategy that’s right for you.
We undertake work on residential projects of all sizes and types, ranging from single dwellings up to major urban extension and regeneration schemes. We can help you navigate any planning obligations as well as utilise strategic opportunities such as land supply deficiencies, previously developed land and permitted development, to name but a few.
As the housing market becomes more complex, a greater range of alternatives are being brought to the market such as purpose-built student housing, extra care for the elderly and co-living spaces for young professionals. We can help you navigate the associated planning obligations and develop a strategy to obtain the necessary permissions.