Conservation areas are defined as ‘areas of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’, a wide definition that has generated a healthy variety of conservation areas reflecting many diffferent values and qualities, based on the universal recognition that built up areas contribute cumulatively to our heritage.
We have carried out many scoping and designation studies, character appraisals and management reviews for councils in both England and Scotland. We have developed methodologies and checklists for assessing their special qualities consistent with the latest good practice guidance, and our own dictionary of descriptors for sequential townscape appraisal. We enjoy working closely with conservation officers and local community groups. We also provide training for planning officers and community groups.