User Guide

What is Historic Landscape Character?

Panorama from Great St Mary's Church © Copyright  Christopher Hilton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

England's landscape is one of the jewels of our national heritage. Each landscape has a distinctive character, in large measure determined by its inherited features such as streets, hedges, archaeological sites, buildings or place names.

What is Historic Landscape Characterisation?


Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) helps to manage change in the historic environment by tracing the imprint of history.

How can Historic Landscape Characterisation be used?

HLC sensitivity zones © English Heritage

Historic Landscape Characterisation is a vital tool that should be used by developers and planners.