England to account for historic character at beginning of master planning for sites

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and English Heritage today launched its first joint “How to” Guide outlining a new development-led approach to masterplanning, which advocates assessing the historic character of a site right at the earliest stages of redevelopment. This is set to transform the way sites are redeveloped.

The Guide, ‘Capitalising on the inherited landscape – an introduction to historic characterisation for masterplanning’ is the product of an innovative joint pilot project between the two agencies. This took the established conservation-led Historic Characterisation approach – encouraging the use of specific techniques to identify the distinctive characteristics of a site in order to explain an inherited sense of place and identity – as a starting point - and tested its value at different stages of the development process.

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