North Yorkshire, York and Lower Tees Valley Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)
The North Yorkshire, York and Lower Tees Valley Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) Project was carried out between April 2005 and March 2010 by staff from the Historic Environment Team, North Yorkshire County Council, with Tees Archaeology undertaking characterisation of urban areas within the Lower Tees Valley. The project was part of a national programme supported and developed by English Heritage and in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, the North York Moors National Park Authority, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the City of York Council and Tees Archaeology.
The specific aims of the project were
- To characterise the present landscape of North Yorkshire and Lower Tees Valley, in terms of the visible evidence of the human processes that formed it.
- To improve and promote the understanding and appreciation of the historic environment of North Yorkshire and the Lower Tees Valley, both locally and regionally, to a variety of users.
- To create a body of data and a tool to enable informed decisions to be undertaken on conservation and future development.
- To assist partnership with other agencies, particularly with regard to targeting of agri-environment schemes and schemes for rural diversification.
- To inform and generate research agendas for the historic environment.
Data set consists of spatial data depicting the historic landscape character of the project area, with an accompanying database that gives detailed descriptions of each HLC record. This is accompanied by a technical user guide, and a project report.