Simpson & Brown Architects with Addyman Archaeology


Character area appraisals

We have many years of experience of working with local authorities and others in creating, editing and updating documents that support the management and promotion of designated conservation areas.  There are over 600 conservation areas in Scotland and over 8,000 in England.  Many are still without this supplementary planning guidance that supports their designation.

Across the UK, conservation area character appraisals identify the special architectural and historic interest that warrants designation.  It is expected that all conservation areas should have such an appraisal, and that it can be used by a variety of stakeholders – for example planners, developers, householders and amenity groups – and it is important that these are clear, concise and involve a high degree of stakeholder consultation in their production.

We can work with local authorities and other groups in creating an appraisal document – we are familiar with both the Scottish Government planning advice note 71 & publication A Guide to Conservation Areas in Scotland, and the Historic England publication Understanding Place: Conservation Area Designation, Appraisal and Management, that guide the production of these reports.

It goes without saying that our knowledge and experience of working with these appraisals and management plans means that we can ably assist with development proposals in such areas – either designing a new development or alteration to an existing site, or producing a suitable conservation statement that supports your plans.


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Case studies:

Crinan Canal Conservation Area

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Bishop Auckland Conservation Area

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Cleadon Conservation Area Buildings Survey

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Hebburn Hall Conservation Area

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