Heritage Planning and HIA

Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) is another speciality of environmental planning that is offered by NWA. Visual planning is linked to heritage planning in that it is a subset of the overall heritage impact of a project. Bruce Eitzen is a full member of the Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners (APHP) which serves the Western Cape and further afield. He also served for three years on the executive of APHP responsible for professional practice.

NWA has prepared various full HIAs for projects in the SW Cape as well as a Heritage Conservation Plan for Mount Pleasant, Devil's Peak in the Table Mountain National Park. This unique project was a special type of landscape heritage and our research uncovered its long history dating back to plans by famous Cape colonial, French Architect, Louis Thibault and the equally famous Cape wine-making family, the Cloetes of Groot Constantia and Ida's Valley.

Our HIAs have covered various sites in the region for projects either of a residential or industrial nature. We have worked in Cape Town, Constantia, Hout Bay, Malmesbury, Paarl and the West Coast, preparing HIAs for which we have had a high success rate in applications either to Heritage Western Cape (HWC) or the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA). Our project, Royal Palms in Paarl, abutted onto the famous World Heritage Site in-the-making, Daljosaphat, home to the 19th century Afrikaans Language Genesis Movement.

Full HIAs are not always necessarily required. HWC requires a Notification of Intent to Develop (NID) form to be completed and submitted first with supporting documentation which can include a Heritage Statement and associated Archaeological report. We work hand-in-glove with other well known and respected archaeologists, palaeontologists and heritage architects to prepare our reports.

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