Understanding character (characterisation home page)
Character studies undertaken by Cadw. Each of these is available as a pdf file.
English Heritage/HELM advice
EH understanding place: historic area assessments
This guidance document is to assist local authorities, practitioners, developers, community groups and others assess the character and significance of historic areas, be they city or town centres, suburbs, villages or other urban and rural landscapes. Historic Area Assessment (HAA) is an important and practical tool for the informed management of the historic environment. Link
EH Understanding place: historic area assessments in a planning and development context
This guidance document is to assist local authorities, practitioners, developers, community groups and others assess the character and significance of historic areas, be they city or town centres, suburbs, villages or other urban and rural landscapes. Historic Area Assessment (HAA) is an important and practical tool for the informed management of the historic environment. It complements Understanding Place: Historic Area Assessments : Principles and Practice. Link
EH Conservation bulletin 56: Modern times (2007) link to index page
EH Conservation bulletin 63: Engaging people (2010) link to index page
EH Extract from CB 2004 on Urban Characterisation link
HELM Character and identity: Townscape and heritage appraisals in housing market renewal areas (1184 Kb) http://www.helm.org.uk/upload/pdf/CharIdent.pdf?1305639090
HELM Capitalising on the Inherited Landscape: An introduction to historic characterisation for masterplanning (1397 kb) http://www.helm.org.uk/upload/pdf/HCA_Historical_Characterisation_Accessible_version.pdf?1305639090
The Lincoln Townscape Assessment (2005-2009) project characterised the entire City of Lincoln Council authority area, developing and applying a new method for urban characterisation in the process.
The Cornwall & Scilly Urban Survey project (2002-2005) provided a framework for sustainable regeneration in 19 historic towns. The project integrated two key factors – improved understanding and characterisation of the rich and diverse historic environment which makes Cornwall and Scilly’s towns so distinctive and the identification of heritage-led regeneration opportunities so vital to the region’s future.
Lancashire Historic Towns survey Each of the 33 towns is described and assessed in a series of Historic Environment Guidance Strategy Reports. Whilst these are mainly intended for the use of the County Archaeology Service and the Local Planning Authorities, they will be of use to anyone who has an interest in the towns. Within the reports we have described the development of the town and the various character areas that they can be divided into. Zones that merit special management policies have been identified and a large number of new sites added to the Lancashire Sites and Monuments Record and existing records upgraded. The final stage of the work is to produce, for the planners, a series of constraint maps and planning guidance.
Oxford Characterisation Toolkit Developed in partnership with the Oxford Civic Society, ‘the toolkit offers a standard process for users to assess the character of an area’. It is intended to be useful, amongst others, to developers, architects and landscape and urban designers; local authority staff; and public amenity groups.
Brighton and Hove Urban Character Study link
Basingstoke Urban Character Study link
Landscape and urban planning, lxxxvii (3), 210-222 (Manchester) link