The landscape is what determines the character of the
it belongs to each and every one of us. Policy makers,
practitioners and special interest groups need techniques
to identify what gives a locality its own sense of place,
what makes it different from its neighbouring area,
and what conditions should be set for any new development
Countryside Character Initiative is a programme of information
and advice on the character of the English countryside.
It includes systematic descriptions of the features
and characteristics that make the landscape, and guidance
documents on how to undertake Landscape Character Assessment.
of us welcome progressive change, but don't want to
see development running amok. We applaud new woodland
to enhance the landscape, but know that planting and
management must be sensitive to the locality.
We can be excited by bold regeneration for places in
need of a lift, but recognise that the new development
must work around the best of the old, and not sweep
Richard Wakeford Chief Executive, The Countryside Agency
of the above issues face decision makers at national,
regional, and local level, where tough decisions have
to be made on development and change. The Countryside
Character initiative provides a vital context for such
decisions, and is an important way of addressing sustainable
information about the Countryside Character and its
here for more information.
Character Assessment Guidance
on the heading above for this guidance. Published by
the Countryside Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage,
this guidance shows how to identify and express the
different elements, such as woodlands, hedgerows, moors,
mountains and farmland, building styles, and historic
artefacts, which give a place its unique character.
This can help planners and policy makers set the right
conditions for new development and changing systems
of land management.
Character Assessment can be used in many other situations,
example, in devising indicators to gauge countryside
change, in helping local people prepare Village Design
Statements, Parish Plans and Market Towns Healthchecks
and in devising environmental improvement strategies
for places undergoing regeneration.
documents can also be ordered free of charge by contacting:
0870 1206466 (quote ref CAX 84).
here for The Countryside Character Network.