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HCA and EH guide places emaphasis on site's historic character

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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.’

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