Base Planning Consultants are highly experienced in dealing with historic buildings and sites and are committed to preserving the character and integrity of these important assets.

Preserving the past, for our future.

Whether your project is a listed building or a site that is of historical significance, we can provide the expertise and guidance you need to navigate the planning process.

Our goal is to help clients achieve their development objectives while also ensuring that the special interest of the site is preserved or enhanced for future generations.

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Our Heritage services include…

Heritage reports

Our key heritage reports include Heritage Impact Assessments, Statements of Heritage Significance, Historic Building Recording, and Listed Building Consent Applications. Our Heritage Consultants work closely with our planning team to provide expertise on all heritage and conservation aspects of your project. We take a pragmatic approach and carefully manage the change process to fully consider the design acceptability in the historic context. With our experience and expertise, we can help you achieve your goals for your heritage assets while preserving their historical and cultural significance.

Technical Advice

Our expertise includes Listed and Historic Buildings, Design Assessments and Space Planning for Heritage, Technical Advice on design and planning issues related to the historic environment, and Design and Conservation Planning Consultancy. We can provide technical advice on planning issues related to the historic environment and provide options and solutions to overcome issues which remain appropriate for sensitive sites.

Listed Buildings

Base Planning Consultants provides a range of services to assist clients with their Listed Buildings and Conservation Area needs. Our expertise includes handling Listed Building Consent and Conservation Area Consent applications, as well as providing advice for new builds in Conservation Areas. We also offer guidance for new owners of Listed Buildings or those considering purchasing a Listed Building. We will provide practical and tailored solutions to meet the specific needs of our clients, ensuring that all relevant regulations and requirements are met while preserving the historical and cultural significance of the property.

The process of getting planning for your project



Establishing a clear picture of the site from a planning perspective is essential in order to make informed decisions about the development of the area. This includes highlighting and understanding relevant designations, constraints, and other material factors that may affect the project.

Once this information has been gathered, a full planning strategy can be developed, identifying options and associated risks. This approach allows for a comprehensive understanding of the site, enabling the identification of potential challenges and opportunities, and the development of a proposal that takes into account all relevant factors.



Before starting the application process, it is important to review the validation requirements for the specific application type and anticipate any concerns or requests from the local authority. This will ensure that all necessary documentation and information is gathered in advance, reducing the risk of delays or rejection.

Additionally, it is important to identify and coordinate any specialist consultants that may be required for the application, such as ecologists, transport consultants or flood risk specialists, and allocate their role in the process. Finally, it is crucial to confirm and address all relevant development plan policies to ensure compliance with local regulations and increase the chances of a successful outcome.



The process of submitting an application requires careful attention to detail. This includes compiling and reviewing all necessary documents for submission, including the completion of all forms and notices. Once the application has been submitted, it is important to monitor the progress, including responding to any comments from neighbours and consultees.

This also includes liaison with the local authority, negotiating with the local authority in an effort to achieve an agreeable scheme, representing the client’s best interest. It may also be necessary to attend and speak at the planning committee on the clients behalf, if required.



The role of a planning consultant is to guide the process to a formal determination. This includes analysing the relevant regulations and policies, gathering necessary documentation, and presenting the proposal in the most favourable light possible.

The consultant will work closely with the local authority and other stakeholders to ensure that the proposal is in compliance with all relevant considerations and that any concerns are addressed. Ultimately, the consultant will assist the client in navigating the complex decision-making process and in achieving a successful outcome.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I ensure that my development project is successful?

To ensure the success of your own development project, it is important to engage a qualified and experienced planning consultant, to engage with the community and stakeholders, to conduct thorough research and analysis drawing on specialist input where necessary, to develop a clear and achievable vision and strategy, and to be adaptable and responsive to changing circumstances.

What qualifications and experience should I look for when selecting a planning consultant?

When selecting a planning consultant, it is important to look for qualified and experienced professionals with a track record of delivering successful projects. Look for consultants with relevant qualifications and certifications, such as a degree in urban or regional planning, and accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) – look for the postnominals MRTPI.

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