How Your Town Planner Should Help With Conservation
Are you working in development and planning your next big project? Depending on where it takes place, you'll need to give consideration to the local ecosystem and historic environment. Town planners can help you determine how the local environment affects your project and what you can do about it. As such, they guide you in meeting your legal conservation obligations.
Protecting historic buildings
Historic buildings bring prestige and charm to the areas they inhabit. As they began life in a different environment, they sometimes require more support than other buildings to continue thriving. Town planners achieve this in several ways:
- Maintaining the building's present integrity. This includes ensuring that existing materials stay in good order, so the building retains its original features.
- Repairing materials they cannot maintain. Sometimes, town planners will decide that they cannot maintain the building's materials. When this happens, they can try to repair them. They may need to do this because of pollution damage, damp, or decay.
- Replacing the building's materials. Replacing is a last resort, mainly because the materials aren't of the same historic worth as the originals. However, if replacements help the building maintain its integrity overall, using them is worthwhile.
Maintaining historic environments
If a significant proportion of the town or land you're creating plans for contains historic buildings or monuments, it's probably a historic environment. If you're planning a building project, you may need historic records to see if your surroundings affect your development plans. Requesting these records is often an arduous process in itself, which is where town planners become useful.
In addition to quickening the record request, they know how they apply the information they receive to your proposed plans. After this, they'll advise you on how to proceed and whether it's necessary to make any alterations.
Maintaining the local environment
Your plans don't just affect historic buildings, they could have an impact on the local environment too. When assessing your plans, a town planner will look at whether they affect biodiversity in the area, any local restrictions that are in place, and how to work around them. This can include the use of materials and restrictions on when you operate heavy machinery. With these plans, it's easier to ensure that your project is both legally sound and environmentally friendly.
If you're ready to proceed with the next phase of your project, begin discussing the local area with a planner. Together, you can create a project plan that's easy to proceed with.