Heritage impact reports
My colleague Donald Ellsmore asked me if I had ever seen a half decent heritage impact assessment in 10 pages or less.
I replied: I favour reports that are as short as possible (but as long as necessary…). The length needs to vary with the complexity of the issues and the nature of the other consultants’ reports in the development application. I am used to writing impact reports that go alongside stuff prepared by design architects and by town planners (who never learned brevity, or have since forgotten about it).
I sent him several of my shorter heritage impact reports—from 5 to 15 pages long—and he chose a couple to use as examples at a workshop about conserving the World Heritage Site of George Town in Malaysia. I guess Donald thought they were half decent, at least.