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A closer look at scheduled monuments and battlefields


At Nimbus, our commitment to innovation and providing valuable insights to property professionals never stops.

That’s why we're thrilled to introduce our latest product update – the Heritage Constraints layer. This exciting update shines a spotlight on two essential components: scheduled monuments and battlefields. 

The platform will see an addition to the residential to commercial strategy (under Class MA). Available to applicable users, a new ‘Proposed Layer’ will allow users to see property opportunities that are 1501-3000sqm.

Let's delve into the details of these impressive enhancements and understand how they can help supercharge your property analysis.

Introducing the Heritage Constraints layer 

The new Heritage Constraints layer is a game-changer for developers, architects, and anyone involved in property planning and development. It empowers you to explore historical and heritage-related data directly on our map interface, providing critical insights for your projects.

Scheduled monuments: preserving our national treasures

Residential developers and renewable energy developers often grapple with a significant challenge – identifying scheduled monuments and understanding their impact on proposed developments.

Scheduled monuments, recognised as nationally important heritage sites, carry statutory protection. Any work affecting these monuments requires prior approval through scheduled monument consent (SMC). In addition, permitted development rights may be restricted within their vicinity.

The solution?

In our Heritage Constraints section of Location Analysis, we've introduced a dedicated layer highlighting the locations of Scheduled monuments. With a simple click, you can access essential information about these sites, including descriptions, registration dates, and links to learn more via Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, or Cadw (Wales). This newfound clarity ensures that you navigate the planning process with confidence and compliance, preserving our precious heritage along the way.

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Battlefields: uncover historical significance

For both residential and commercial developers, including renewable energy developers, understanding the historical significance of a potential development site is essential. Sites that encompass historically important battlefields require a thorough heritage assessment as part of the planning process. Significant harm to registered battlefields can lead to refusal of planning permission, making it crucial to assess the impact of your development accurately.

The solution?

Our Heritage Constraints layer also introduces a feature that displays the locations of battlefields. Just one click reveals detailed descriptions and quick links to explore further information via Historic England or Historic Environment Scotland. With this information at your fingertips, you can provide comprehensive heritage statements and make informed decisions about your developments, ensuring the preservation of historical battlefields.

At Nimbus, we're dedicated to equipping you with the tools you need to thrive in the complex world of property planning and development. With our new Heritage Constraints layer, understanding the historical and heritage context of your projects has never been easier.


Residential to Commercial: white paper changes

A white paper is currently under Government review, proposing a significant change in the allowable floor space cap for the existing Class MA PD rights. While the current limit stands at 1500sqm, the white paper suggests doubling this limit.

At Nimbus, we understand the importance of staying ahead of the curve, so in anticipation of the proposed regulatory changes, we are excited to introduce a strategic enhancement that gives users on our Elite Plus and Elite Max tiers an advantage when sourcing commercial to residential conversion opportunities – the "Potential" opportunity type within the Class MA strategy.

The solution?

The innovative "Potential" opportunity type now includes Class MA opportunities within the 1501-3000sqm range.

While white papers like this are subject to government consultation, it is widely acknowledged that they often pave the way for changes to be formalised into law. Nimbus users can now leverage this strategic advantage, gaining insights that go beyond what many others can access.

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Stay tuned for more innovation

This is just the beginning of our journey towards providing you with even more cutting-edge tools and features. We have a wealth of exciting improvements on the horizon, designed to streamline your property analysis and help you achieve your goals more efficiently.

Webinars for in-depth insights

To get the most out of Nimbus and explore these new features, consider joining our industry-leading webinars. They provide an excellent opportunity to learn directly from our experts and enhance your proficiency in using our platform.

Connect with our support team

If you’d like to know more about how Nimbus and our exciting new features can help take your business to the next level, get in touch with our team today on 01926 355 424 or take our new feature for a test drive today when you sign up for a free trial.

Thank you for choosing Nimbus as your partner in property success. We're excited to continue this journey with you, and we can't wait to show you what's next.

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