Such a report would include an analysis of the building utilising observations from the standing fabric and historic cartographic evidence.
The significance of the asset will then be determined utilising the values recommended by English Heritage in Conservation Principals.
As part of the report the impact of any proposed alterations upon the significance and setting of the asset can be made and where possible, options to reduce potential impact produced.
It should be noted that where future sub-surface impact is proposed (for example, new services or foundations for an extension) then the relevant Historic Environment Record (HER) should be consulted. The HER is maintained by the relevant Local Authority and a charge is made, paid to that Council when making the request. The results of the HER usually take between 5 and 15 days to be issued (depending on the authority). In many counties, consultation of the HER is mandatory as per the following statement issued by ESCC:
‘We undertake pre-application consideration and screen out low impact projects and otherwise recommend if an HER consultation report would be useful. You will find this system is now in place in Lewes, Wealden, SDNP, Rother and Hastings as part of their validation process. So if the validation team spot the HER has not been consulted / or there is not an email from us or the Conservation officer saying there is no need to consult the HER, the application will not be validated’.
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