Heritage Matters

Arlington House 7 Hunters Walk, Witherley, Atherstone CV9 3SU
Tel   01827 722153

Which IHBC Branch are you based in?

West Midlands

Which county are you based in?


Describe the work your company carries out

Heritage Matters is a specialist consultancy working nationally providing heritage planning, design and technical advice. Our strength is in providing an integrated approach to to find pragmatic 'win-win.

Who we work for:

  • Historic Building Owners
  • Local Authorities
  • Planning Consultants
  • Architects
  • Developers - National House Builders
  • Public Bodies
  • NGOs

Services to the private sector

  • Advice regarding Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas
  • Negotiation with local planning authorities
  • Historic Building Surveys and Analysis (English Heritage Level 1 to 4 surveys)
  • Heritage Impact Statements and EIA
  • Architectural Design

Services to public bodies and NGOs

  • Expert witness for planning appeals
  • Locum support for LPAs
  • Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Proposals
  • Grant applications
  • Conservation Management Plans
  • Project Feasibility Studies

Dr David Hickie was formerly Assistant Regional Director for West Midlands Region of English Heritage.

Give examples of up to three projects you have undertaken

Keveral Barton House
Looe, Cornwall

Private client

Expert witness for High Court Case where client challenged the decisions made by Cornwall Council for development adversely effecting Grade II* listed building (Keveral Barton) and the impact on archaeological interests in the area.

Nethersole Centre
Polesworth, Warwickshire

Private Developer

Conservation and development project for a Grade II listed former Regency school.
Commissioned by Sibson Mill Properties to undertake a historic building survey, advice on conservation strategy and detailed design, negotiations with Conservation Officer, and
prepare a heritage impact statement for the planning application.

The major change was the insertion of a mezzanine floor above the entrance hall with the staircase to serve it. Modern reversible solution - providing residential apartment space for a new lease of life for the building.

37 Mill End Lane
Alrewas, Staffordshire

Home Owner

Commissioned to undertake a historic building survey, provide expert design advice and to prepare a heritage impact assessment report for the proposed development works to a Grade II listed building — a fine example of a traditional timber framed thatched cottage. Over the years the cottage/s have had several phases of internal alterations and external additions.

The extension and internal remodelling of the cottage is a natural evolution for this historic building. It provides an additional bedroom and new open plan kitchen area in the extension and rationalises the layout of the remainder of the house to create better sized rooms and removal of problems of the unsafe staircase — whilst conserving the key heritage elements of the building.

HESPR 'Designated Service Adviser'

Name: Dr David Hickie CMLI, CEnv, MIEMA, MISP, IHBC

Job title: Director

Tel:  01827 722153

Email:  david@heritage-matters.com

Which of the following roles do you consider your company carries out under the HESPR scheme?

Historic Building conservation  YES

Conservation planning YES

Architectural design and new build in historic areas   YES

Historical research YES

Historic area assessments YES

Project Management  YES

Archaeology YES

Historic Landscape - gardens and parks
Expert witness for planning appeals