Leading a multidisciplinary team, we undertook a detailed assessment of a wide variety of heritage assets of all Grades and types to support an application for a new heliport at Penzance.
Working for client Penzance Heliport Ltd we assessed the significance and settings of listed buildings, registered parks and gardens, conservation areas and scheduled monuments. In addition, we produced the Cultural Heritage chapter of the required Environmental Impact Assessment.
Through extensive working with Cornwall Council, the Council for the Isles of Scilly, Historic England and local interest groups, the team analysed the potential impact on the historic churchtowns of Gulval and Lugdvan and all of the assets on St Michael’s Mount.
The assessment took account of the physical alterations of the site, and the impact they may have on the scoped heritage assets, whilst also giving consideration to flight paths, and the aural and visual impact they may have.
The conclusion was that, whilst there would be some alteration to the wider setting of many of the scoped assets it would not result in any harm to their respective significances, and thus such significance would be preserved.
The application to develop the heliport, which will serve St Mary’s Island and Tresco, the Scilly Isles was granted consent in September 2018.