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Understanding Place Historic Area Assessments: Principles and Practice

This guidance document is to assist local authorities, practitioners, developers, community groups and others assess the character and significance of historic areas, be they city or town centres, suburbs, villages or other urban and rural landscapes. Historic Area Assessment (HAA) is an important and practical tool for the informed management of the historic environment.

Whilst some of the references to policy or planning in this document may now be out-of-date, Historic England believes this document still contains a great deal of useful advice and case studies on how to do a Historic Area Assessment.

We are in the process of revising this publication to reflect changes resulting from the NPPF, Localism and other Government initiatives.


  • Introduction
  • Key issues
  • Levels of Historic Area Assessment
  • Fieldwork, research and analysis
  • Historic Area Assessments in action
  • Case studies

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Under Revision
  • Product Code: 51604


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