Cheshire Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

Robert Edwards, 2013

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The project had the following general aims and specific objectives:

General Aims

  • To improve and promote the understanding and appreciation of the project area's historic landscape, both locally and regionally.
  • To interpret and characterise how past communities have contributed to the appearance of the modern landscape.
  • To create a body of data to be used for the interpretation of 'heritage assets' (archaeological remains, historic structures and other historic features) within the landscape.
  • To enable informed decisions to be undertaken on future development and conservation, and to assist partnership with other agencies.

Specific Objectives

  • To facilitate a landscape directed approach to archaeological development control and the interpretation of data from the Sites and Monuments Record/Historic Environment Record for Merseyside and Cheshire.
  • To inform future Landscape Strategies and Assessments.
  • To provide a complementary study to any Landscape Character Assessment and Cheshire's Historic Towns Survey.
  • To allow a regional Historic Landscape Characterisation overview project to be defined, in collaboration with Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.
  • To disseminate the final analysis through professional and popular publications.