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Understanding Place: Character and context in local planning

This document offers ideas for local authorities, councils and communities on the practical uses of historic characterisation within local and neighbourhood planning.

Twenty-two case studies have been chosen to show how the results of historic characterisation have been used singly and in combination, and in a wide variety of ways, to inform plan-making and development management. They will also be of interest to planners in the private sector, to developers and their agents, and to neighbourhood planning groups.

Revised June 2012.


  • What is historic characterisation?
  • Why use historic characterisation?
  • Who can use historic characterisation?
  • The evolving planning system
  • Using the products of historic characterisation
  • Case Studies
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51689


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