Coventry Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

Eloise Markwick, Chris Patrick, Anna Wilson, 2013

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Medieval timber framed buildings on Spon Street

The Coventry Historic Landscape Characterisation study was funded by English Heritage as part of a national programme and was carried out by the Conservation and Archaeology Team of Coventry City Council. The study is part of a wider project aimed at establishing a new information resource on the historic character of the English landscape. The Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) approach is one that has been used to define Coventry's character as represented by the visible historic environment by using character types to identify and define character areas.

The Coventry HLC project covers an area of 9834 hectares, 7789 hectares of which is urban. Within Coventry, the main objective of the HLC is to ensure that the historic environment is fully incorporated into all future development for the city. It should be used at the early stages of planning at a strategic level and should guide detailed research at later stages of design.