Michael Taylor Conservation and Planning (MTCP)

27 Westminster Road, Leicester LE2 2EH
Tel:  0116 270 4548
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Which IHBC Branch are you based in?

East Midlands

Which county are you based in?


Describe the work your company carries out

MTCP is a sole trader specialising in statements of significance, research and writing, setting studies, negotiation and representation for clients, advice on design and planning in historic settings, and historic environment advice to local authorities including conservation area appraisals

Give examples of up to three projects you have undertaken

Hendrefoilan House, stables and estate

Location: Killay, Swansea

Client: Commercial Developer (site owned by Swansea University)

Working with Node Urban Design (a HESPR practice) MTCP provided a full statement of significance for the grade II* listed house and grade II listed stables in connection with proposed change of use and redevelopment of the wider site. The initial work was followed by a room-by-room appraisal of the interior of the main House and, with Node's landscape architect, an appraisal of the historic designed landscape in which the house is set. This work fed into a reappraisal of proposals for the change of use and subdivision of the House and design advice on the development of teh wider estate.

The project thus included historic buildng conservation, historical research, conservation planning and advice on new build in an historic area.


Housing at Jawbone lane, Melbourne, Derbyshire

Client: commercial housing developer

Working with Landmark Planning as main planning consultants MTCP prepared an analysis of the historic setting of a proposed housing site close to a village conservation area and affecting views from the conservation area into the wider landscape.

Negotiations on a revised scheme were successful in securing a positive recommendation from council officers but nevertheless resulted in a refusal by members. MTCP prepared material for inclusion in the appeal statement and stood as witness for the appellant at a public hearing called to determine the appeal.

The project included historic area appraisal, assessment of historic setting and impact of new development, negotiation and advocacy.


The Quality of Leicester 2106 project

Client: local authority

Leicester City Council required a new version of a book about Leicester's architectural character and its historic development over 2,000 years. Michael Taylor had written the earlier versions of book published in 1993 with a revised edition in 1997 when he was a Council officer.

Using primary and secondary sources and analysis on site MTCP prepared a first and second draft of the text of the new book and finalised a third draft in consultation with the Council's editorial board. MTCP also advised on photography and production, drafted picture captions and will take part in the promotion of the book.

The project included historical research through written sources and in the field, writing an accessible text, liaison with the client and promotion

HESPR 'Designated Service Adviser'

Name: Michael Taylor

Job title: Consultant

Tel: 0116 270 4548

Email: michael@mtcp.org.uk

Which of the following roles do you consider your company carries out under the HESPR scheme?

Historic Building conservation YES

Conservation planning YES

Architectural design and new build in historic areas YES

Historical research YES

Historic area assessments YES

Project Management



Education and training (Visiting Lecturer at University of Leicester)

Historic landscape appraisal