About

about us

Founded in 2020, JB Heritage Consulting offers its clients pragmatic, robust and commercially minded planning advice for development affecting the historic environment.

We believe firmly that, with the right solutions, our shared heritage presents opportunity rather than constraint to any development. We equally understand the commercial context in which development is delivered, and thus strive to work collaboratively and creatively with our clients to promote development that manages positive change to heritage assets whilst delivering the brief.

We have extensive experience working in both rural and urban environments and across a wide range of heritage assets and sectors, gained through over ten years’ professional experience in private practice. As a small independent consultancy, JB Heritage Consulting offers a client focussed, flexible service that is bespoke to individual needs with our projects delivered at director level. We have excellent contacts throughout the built environment sector should we need to recommend or call upon other expertise.

What Do We Do?

We provide heritage planning advice from initial feasibility and strategic planning stages through to detailed planning and listed building consents and appeals.

What is Our Process?

JB Heritage Consulting takes an evidence based approach to provide justified, reliable and robust advice.

Why Choose Us?

As a small independent consultancy, JB Heritage Consulting offers a client focussed, flexible service that is bespoke to individual needs.

Joanna Burton is the founder director and leads on all project work.

Joanna has extensive private sector experience having most recently established and led a national heritage team as director at Barton Willmore. She is an experienced expert witness at hearings and public inquiries which has rigorously tested her understanding of heritage significance, impact assessment and the decision-making framework. She has been a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) since 2014 and sits on the regional IHBC committee. She is also a chartered town planner and mentor to Cambridge University students studying for the MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration, and has recently been invited to join the Essex Design Quality Review Panel.