Historic Landscape Assessment (HLA) seeks to identify and as far as possible understand the historic development of today's landscape. It places emphasis on the contribution that past historic processes make to the character of the landscape as a whole, not just selected 'special sites' and can contribute to a wider landscape assessment. This will help to guide decisions on its future change and management. It is important to ensure that the landscape evolves in a way that leaves it as rich and diverse in the future. The currently available data was based on a rapid countywide exercise to produce broad patterns of historic landscape character derived from maps and aerial photographs. It was not intended to represent a detailed field by field definition of historic character, but to offer a countywide view.
The Historic Landscape site provides access to the results of a rapid, countrywide assessment of the historic character of the Hampshire landscape which is part of a national programme of historic landscape characterisation supported by English Heritage.
The historic landscape assessment is map-based, and the full version has been incorporated into the County Council's Geographical Information System (GIS), where it will be used to assist development of environmental policy.
The assessment of Hampshire's Historic Landscape was undertaken for Hampshire County Council by Oxford Archaeology and Scott Wilson Resource Consultants, and was jointly funded by the County Council and English Heritage.
Further information is available on the Hampshire Historic Landscape web pages which were designed and compiled by Oxford Archaeology.
The Oxford Archaeology Unit and Scott Wilson Resource Consultants produced a report in February1999, in two volumes. Volume One is the main report of methodology, findings and discussion, together with a bibliography and illustrations while Volume Two presents the Appendices containing descriptions and map extracts of the historic types developed in the course of the study. These are available as PDFs split into parts.
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