A new ‘how-to’ guide published by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and English Heritage has placed the historic charcter of the site at the heart of its approach to masterplanning
The guide - Capitalising on the Inherited Landscape - adopts the conservation-led ‘historic characterisation’ approach. It focuses on a site’s inherited sense of place and identity by encouraging the use of specific techniques to identify and enhance its distinctive character.
Three examples - Chichester’s former Graylingwell Hospital, Hanham Hall near Bristol and Prudhoe in the Tyne Valley - all demonstrate the benefits of allowing historic characterisation to influence detailed masterplanning.
The guide also encourages UK implementation of the Council of Europe’s European Landscape Convention, a bid to shape and enhance future town as well as country landscapes.
Says HCA chairman Robert Napier: ‘This important collaboration between the HCA and English Heritage makes a major contribution to how we masterplan and regenerate strategic sites; assisting us in our objective of helping deliver sustainable communities across England.’