Character and identity: Townscape and heritage appraisals in housing market renewal areas


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Inside you will find

  • Insight into the experience of planning for regeneration in housing market renewal (HMR) areas.
  • Agencies’ experiences of using townscape and heritage appraisal (THA), a relatively new tool.
  • Suggestions of how positive lessons learnt from HMR can be applied elsewhere.

This will interest

  • Local authorities
  • Planning agencies
  • Anyone working in urban regeneration

Townscape and heritage appraisals offer a systematic and structured way of exploiting the unique historical features of an area.

This report, published jointly by CABE and English Heritage in collaboration with Elevate East Lancashire, looks at the use of appraisals on the ground in Pennine Lancashire housing market renewal area. It shows that appraisals aren’t just about looking back but about looking forward, too – helping to give new developments both character and a sense of place.


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