Heritage and Culture Assessment
Prepared by AECOM on behalf of Horsham Blueprint.
Please note there are a number of errors in this report. The report can be down loaded from the following link:
It has been prepared by consultants at AECOM on behalf of Locality, working closely with the Horsham Blueprint Neighbourhood Forum and is based on a detailed appraisal of the area carried out through desk study and fieldwork, and is intended to support the preparation of policies for the Horsham Neighbourhood Plan.
Landscape character assessment is a process used to describe and articulate what is special and distinctive about a particular place by identifying recognisable patterns of elements or characteristics that make one landscape different from another. Landscape is defined by the European Landscape Convention as “….. an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and / or human factors.” This definition is broad and encompasses natural, rural, urban and peri-urban areas.
The information generated through the process of characterisation can be used as evidence to support the planning and design process.
This approach is supported by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which states that neighbourhood plans should develop robust and comprehensive policies based on an understanding and evaluation of its defining characteristics (DCLG, 2012).In doing so, policies can ensure that development responds to local character and history, and reflects the identity of local surroundings and materials, while not preventing or discouraging appropriate innovation.