Heritage Impact Statements

Expert heritage advisors to assist with your Council development applications

Statement of Heritage Impact (SHI)

Heritage compliance can be a difficult part of any development involving a listed heritage item or a property located within a heritage conservation area. There are many restrictions that need to be navigated to ensure the best result is achieved for the client and ensuring the heritage values are retained.

Our heritage planner has over 15 years experience in the heritage space with experience as a Council Heritage Planner for one of Sydney’s largest Councils. We provide expert advice and support for your heritage development and can provide heritage impact statements as well as town planning services all in the one place, saving you time and money dealing with multiple consultants.

What is a heritage impact statement?

A heritage impact statement is a report that accompanies a development application where a property is a listed heritage item (listed in the Local Environmental Plan) or located within a heritage conservation area. The report provides details to the history of the item including the historical significance and details any previous developments that have occurred to the item. The report provides an assessment of the impacts the development will have on the heritage values of the item or conservation area and can provide mitigation measures to ensure the proposed development does not detract from the heritage significance.

A Statement of Heritage Impact (SHI) contains five sections as follows;

  1. A search of the prevailing heritage listings of the subject building whether it is a heritage listed building or a building in a conservation area. This search includes whether there aree any additional heritage items located in close proximity to the subject site.
  2. A brief history of the building and site; when it was constructed; who lived or worked there or had an association with it; what took place in the building and how the building has changed or been modified over time since the date of its original construction and whether any approvals have been provided. Often, additional resources are retrieved including early subdivision maps, DA application plans and information sourced from Council or other consent authorities.
  3. A significance assessment of the building or place based on the information acquired from Items 1 and 2 above. In other words, what is the relative proportion of the historic, associational, aesthetic, technical and social significance contained in the subject building? Further, is such significance exceptional, high, moderate, little or intrusive? And is such significance rare or representative?
  4. A description of the proposed development as submitted to the consent authority (Council).
  5. An assessment of heritage impacts against the relevant guidelines and how the development responds to the heritage values and significance. The assessment would consider impacts upon the buildings setting, curtilage, predominant building type of the building and surrounding buildings, height of the development, bulk, scale, morphology, materiality, colours and setbacks. It will also provide an assessment of the visual impact of the proposed works in relation to the existing heritage fabric of the item.
  6. Recommendations and conclusion. This can often include mitigation measures such as reduction in height of new development, considerations to retention of certain aspects and changes to colours and materials.

How much do statement of heritage impacts cost?

The cost of a statement of heritage impacts are based on the heritage item and the works that are proposed. We aim to be competitive with our pricing for our statement of heritage impacts and can provide a flat fee quote once we have reviewed the information of the development.

Our standard statement of heritage impacts start at the following:

Simple Heritage Impact statement for Heritage Conservation area – Starting at $1400

Heritage impact statements for registered heritage items – Starting at $2500

If you would like a quote for your statement of heritage impact report please send us an email at admin@theplanningcollective.com.au and include any relevant plans or documents.

Our Key Services

Statement of Environmental Effects

The corner stone of any development application! The statement of environmental effects of SoEE is a required document under the EP&A Act and provides an account for what the project entails and if the development complies with the relevant standards and controls.

Development Applications

Lodging development applications is one of our primary tasks for clients. The DA Lodgement is complex and different for every Council so most of our clients engage us to lodge the application on their behalf to their Council.

Objection Letters

Neighbour development objection letters are one of our most frequent enquiries. Our principal planning has an extensive experience in objection letters and can assist you with mitigating your concerns regarding the development application.

Bondi heritage impact statement

Heritage Impact Statements

Heritage impact Statements are required for development applications where you are proposing changes to heritage listed items or buildings within a heritage conservation area. We provide experts services to assist our clients with their heritage advice and reports.

Preliminary Planning Investigation

We assist our clients in preparing a preliminary planning investigation to determine the development potential for the site (also known as a feasibility report). Whether you are looking at purchasing a new property or developing an existing one, the preliminary planning investigation is a critical piece of the puzzle.

The type of developments we work with...

Cessnock LGA is experiencing a development boom over the last three years and the boom continues despite the interest rate rise. Savy property developers are maximising on their developments while there is a lull in sales so that once the sale prices rise again they will be on the front foot. Below is an example of some of the development types we assist with for their approvals!

Dwelling House

Our top enquiry is in relation to a dwelling house and how to push the envelope on the development potential. We have helped many of our clients get the home of their dreams despite height limits and floor space ratio restrictions.

Dual Occupancy

Every other general enquiry we receive is in regard to whether a Dual occupancy is permissible for their site. This is a council specific enquiry and we are more than happy to assist our clients with their concerns!

Multi-dwelling housing

Why build 2 houses when you could build 4! Multi dwelling housing, also known as terrace housing or town houses, allows you to build multiple dwellings on the one lot and then subdivide through strata subdivision.

Tourism Development

The Hunter Valley is becoming the destination for Sydney and Local investments for tourist accommodation. The area is seeing a boom for small cabin style short term tourist developments. We have extensive experience with these types of development and would be happy to assist gain your approval.


Change of use for a restaurant/cafe or a takeaway food venue is a common Council development application we assist with. whether it is a new trendy cafe, a new restaurant or a Boutique Beer Bar, we can help get your approval!


Subdivision has become an easy access to money for many first time developers who wish to maximise on their return while the prices are still high! Many of our clients are taking advantage of generous minimum lot sizes and subdividing their properties into two or more lots.

Vineyards and Entertainment

The Hunter Valley is built on the Vineyards and the diverse developments that are associated with the vineyards such as cellar doors, recreational facilities and breweries. We have a wide experience in obtaining approval for all these types of development within the Hunter Valley.

Commercial/Industrial Buildings

Commercial or industrial buildings are specific buildings to their business or industrial zonings. These types of developments require expertise from an experienced town planner to assist with the approval.

Fitness studio/gym

Fitness studios/gyms or other types of recreational facilities are as popular as ever! We have assisted many clients with their DA approval for change of use for their fitness industry business.