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Evaluating the impact of housing development on the historic environment

National Heritage Protection Plan project NHPP 2A1: 6172

By Nick Haynes

This report is an evaluation of the impact of larger-scale housing developments on the historic environment. It provides a library of case studies from England; analyses the character of each development and the surrounding area and the impact which it has on the historic environment; it also evaluates the success or otherwise of various strategies and policies used by the relevant local planning authorities to ensure that the housing in question is integrated well with its surroundings. The report identifies the most effective tools to help good quality planning applications from the historic environment perspective, but notes that a further challenge for Local Planning Authorities is to ensure that the agreed benefits for the historic environment are fully delivered on the ground. It makes recommendations for further applied research and improvements to achieve greater benefits for the historic environment.

The report was commissioned by English Heritage from Land Use Consultants (LUC) as part of the National Heritage Protection Plan's work on the impact of development pressure.


  • Executive summary
    1 Introduction
    2 Study methodology
    3 Case studies
    4 Axwell Park, Gateshead
    5 'Accordia', Cambridge
    6 Bellrope Meadow, Thaxted
    7 Graylingwell Hospital, Chichester
    8 Hanham Hall, Bristol
    9 Merchant's Quay, Gloucester
    10 'The Guts', New Islington, Manchester
    11 Alliance House, Newington Green
    12 'Summers Field', Papworth Everard
    13 'Tibby's Triangle', Southwold
    14 Weedon Hill Major Development Area, Aylesbury
    15 Research outcomes
    16 Conclusions and recommendations 

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed

If you require an alternative accessible version of this document please contact: LUC LONDON, 43 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD Tel: 020 7383 5784, Fax: 020 7383 4798, Email:

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