HDA undertakes heritage character appraisals to inform masterplanning, and assessments of the significance of heritage assets (including assessment of the contribution made by their setting). We also assess the impact of proposals on heritage assets, to inform planning applications and appeals, and to meet the requirements of the NPPF, making use of specialist expertise relating to the historic environment.

project examples


HDA prepared a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) for a proposed wind turbine near the village of Wenhaston in Suffolk, which contains a number of listed buildings. Government guidance sets out that when determining planning applications for renewable energy projects, the impacts of the proposed development on the historic environment should be considered. As …


HDA prepared a Masterplan Document on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council for new homes, employment, community facilities including integration of a strategic link road. The document considered the site context in relation to the local countryside, transportation and existing settlement of Arlesey. HDA’s involvement also included a heritage appraisal, and extensive public consultation with stakeholders …