Murphy Associates

18 Braemore Court, Kinsgway, Hove BN3 4FG
Tel:  07825005297
Which IHBC Branch are you based in?

South East but work throughout the UK

Which county are you based in?

East Sussex ( also County Down, NI)

Describe the work your company carries out

Murphy Associates is a specialist consultancy offering advice on planning, urban design and the historic environment as well as aspects of planning law. With these specialisms we are able to offer a service from feasibility through to the submissions of applications with the appropriate supporting planning, design and access and heritage statements and where required, through to appeal including acting as an expert witness at public enquiries. 

On heritage matters our work involves documentary research to understand heritage assets including historic areas, designated listed buildings and locally listed buildings, inspections and recording, townscape and site appraisals, the role of setting, conservation area appraisals and village character statements. Our projects range from single buildings to major developments in sensitive settings.

We work through out the UK and engage with other consultants and specialists providing advice to private individuals, local authorities and developers and have continued the work of The Conservation Studio.

Give examples of up to three projects you have undertaken

Project 1
Blueboys Inn, Pembury -Murphy Associates

Provided advice on planning law as it related to the building before and after listing. We also carried out an assessment of the building to ascertain the significane of the surviving structure - work had started with an extant permission to demolish the building but it was listed within a matter of days. This outcome of the statement of significance assisted in moving the project forward and ensuring the remaining significant parts of the building were retained.


Project 2
Hareplain Barn, Hareplain Road, Biddenden
Working with the agent and a structural engineer, we produced a compelling case to ensure the future survival of a listed barn and at the same time provided a sustainable home in the countryside. Oyr research set out the historic evolution of the important farmstead that the barn formed part of. We also demonstrated that changes in farming had an impact on the subdivision of the farmyard. Along with an assessment of the historic timber frame, we ensured that the barn, comprising the roof was of one origin - a former house and that there were other medieval and post medieval domestic elements throughout the building and appropriate repairs to surviving wattle and daub as well helioflexes and marian markings.


Project 3
Sandgates Nurseries, Henfleld

Murphy Assocaites acted as the Heritage Expert Witness at a Public Inquiry for Horsham District against a development of 72 houses within and affecting the setting of a listed building. The Appeal was recovered and duly dismissed by the Secretary of State. The Inspector and Secretary of Stage agreed with the Expert Witness' evidence that the setting of the listed building would not be preserved or enhanced.


HESPR 'Designated Service Adviser'

Name: Eimear Murphy

Job title: Director

Tel: 07825005297 


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


Appeals; Article 4 directions; Building at Risk Surveys; Conservation Area Appraisals and Management; Compliance Checks; Design and Access Statements; Enforcement Matters including Listed Building Enforcement Notices;Evidence Gathering; Expert Witness at Public Inquiries; Feasibility Assessments; Heritage Assessments and Statements of Significance; Landscape Assessment; Planning Advice and Guidance; Policy Formulation; Wayfinding - Legibility; Urban Design and townscape improvements