Historic environment

What we offer

  • Heritage Impact Assessment
  • Heritage statements
  • Characterisation, sensitivity & capacity
  • Asset condition survey
  • Management plans
  • Policy, research & guidance

The service explained

We understand the opportunities and issues that change in historic places creates. We work alongside local authorities, developers, statutory bodies and NGOs, providing advice from plan-making to delivery stage.

House in rural area
Scotney Castle

Heritage Impact Assessment

We assess the impact of strategic policies, development options or local plan allocations on the historic environment, encompassing all types of designated and non-designated heritage assets. This can include using various spatial analysis techniques in collaboration with our GIS specialists. Our work assists local authorities with decision-making and policy formulation, establishing key issues and identifying preferred sites.

Teignbridge from above
Wind farm

Characterisation, sensitivity & capacity

We carry out historic landscape characterisation (HLC) and its various sub-types, using characterisation techniques to look at urban and seascape character at different levels of detail, for different purposes. HLC seeks to understand the current landscape by breaking it down into character types based on its historical aspects of character. LUC has been closely involved with refining HLC techniques and in research on behalf of Historic England to understand its application in many planning, policy and design scenarios.

Seaside pier at Weston Super Mare
Buildings in London

Policy research & guidance

We support local authorities and non-governmental organisations in refining policies relating to the preservation of heritage assets and protected sites.


Get in touch

If you’re interested in discussing a project with us please get in touch.

Get in touch with Steven Orr

Historic environment projects