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Using Air Photo Mapping for Strategic Planning in Growth Areas

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A case study from the Norwich, Thetford and A11 Corridor National Mapping Programme (NMP) Project: English Heritage Project No. 5313

By Alice Cattermole, Ellen Ford, Sarah Horlock, Sophie Tremlett

This illustrated report summarises the overall results of the Thetford, Norwich and A11 corridor air photo mapping project. The project was funded by the English Heritage National Heritage Protection Commissions Programme (NHPCP) and carried out by Norfolk Historic Environment Service between 2009 and 2013. The project used English Heritage National Mapping Programme (NMP) methods and standards.

The report assesses the potential for using historic and modern aerial photographs for recording and characterising the historic environment of urban centres and their environs, with particular reference to strategic planning in relation to areas with 'New Growth Point' status. The report includes sections on how air photo mapping contributes to planning and heritage protection as well as an overview of sources and a summary of archaeological results. There is a chapter on designation candidates. The report describes the impact of the results on management of the historic environment, recommendations for further work in the area and suggestions for methods for future projects carried out in the context of strategic planning.


1. Introduction
1.1 Background to the Project
1.2 Designated Growth Points, Growth Areas and Enterprise Zones
1.3 NMP, Planning and Heritage Protection
1.3.1 Using Aerial Photographs to Map the Historic Environment
1.3.2 The National Mapping Programme (NMP) The NMP Methodology
1.3.3 Using NMP for Planning and Development Control
1.3.4 Heritage Protection and the Role of NMP
1.3.5 The Role of NMP in Land Management and Environmental Stewardship
1.4 The Norwich, Thetford and A11 Project Area
1.4.1 Landscape Character, Geology and Soils of the Project Area
1.5 Historic Environment of the Project Area
1.5.1 Phase 1: Norwich and Environs
1.5.2 Phase 2: Thetford and Environs
1.5.3 Phase 3: The A11 Corridor
2. Factors Affecting Aerial Photograph Mapping Results
2.1 NMP Methodology
2.2 Topography, Geology and Soils
2.3 Land Use
2.4 Aerial Reconnaissance, Photo Coverage and Interpretation
3. Summary of Project Results
3.1 Summary of Overall Project Results and Themes
3.1.1 Summary of Archaeological Themes
3.2 Historic Environment Synthesis
3.2.1 Urban Areas
3.2.2 River Valleys
3.2.3 Norwich Rich Loams
3.2.4 Clayland Plateau – South Norfolk and Central Norfolk Clays
3.2.5 Breckland Arable
3.2.6 North Norwich Arable
3.2.7 Heathland (and former heathland)
3.2.8 Historic Parkland
4. NMP and Strategic Archaeological Planning
4.1 Implications of Results for Planning, Development Control and Heritage Protection
4.1.1 Using NMP with the Planning Framework
4.2 Assessing the Overall Impact of the NMP on Planning in the Project Area
4.2.1 The Greater Norwich Growth Area
4.2.2 The Thetford Growth Point and Thetford Urban Extension Area
4.2.3 The A11 Study Area and the Attleborough and Wymondham Area Action Plans
4.3 Assessing the Overall Impact of the Project on Monument Management and Heritage Protection in the Project Area
4.3.1 New Candidates for Designation
5. Using NMP in Future Growth Point Areas
5.1 NMP in Growth Point Areas
5.2 Suggested Improvements to the Project Methodology for Future NMP Work in Growth Point Areas
5.2.1 Significance Scoring
5.2.2 GIS-Compatible Information
6. Conclusions
6.1 Potential of Project Results
6.2 Recommendations for Further Work and Dissemination
6.3. Recommendations for Further Work in Growth Points
Appendix 1. Potential Candidates for Designation
Appendix 2. Landscape Zone characterisation
Urban Areas
River Valleys
Norwich Rich Loams
Clayland Plateaux
Breckland Arable
North Norwich Arable
Historic Parkland

Additional Information

  • Series: Research Reports
  • Publication Status: Completed


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