Sussex Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

Nicola Bannister, 2014

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The Sussex HLC is a partnership project between East and West Sussex County Councils and Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, with part funding by English Heritage through their National HLC Survey Programme.

It is a powerful tool that provides a framework for broadening our understanding of the whole landscape and contributes to decisions affecting tomorrow's landscape. The Sussex HLC is not set in stone; it is a guidance tool to inform further landscape survey and analysis, and to place other datasets, such as the Historic Environment Record (HER), within the landscape context.

The Sussex HLC was undertaken by Dr Nicola Bannister and is a purely desk-based project that provides a broad brush approach to interpreting the landscape, and should be viewed as a first step to understanding the historic time-depth of any given area. The project was completed in 2010 and the GIS shapefiles along with the accompanying reports and supporting documentation can be accessed from the downloads page.