The primary purpose of the Colchester Borough Historic Environment Characterisation Project was to serve as a tool for Colchester Borough to use in the creation of the Local Development Framework. The report revealed the sensitivity, diversity and value of the historic environment resource within the Borough and was intended to facilitate the development of positive approaches to the integration of historic environment objectives into spatial planning for the Borough.
In addition there were other potential benefits such as:
– providing the opportunity to safeguard and enhance the historic environment as an integrated part of development within Colchester Borough.
– offering a means by which conservation and management of the historic environment could be pursued outside the traditional planning system.
The Historic Environment was assessed using character assessments of the urban, landscape and archaeological resources of Colchester. The results of these studies were then combined to create large Historic Environment Character Areas. The Historic Environment Character Areas were then broken down into more specific and more detailed Historic Environment Character Zones which were more suitable for informing strategic planning, and master planning activity within the Borough.
The sections relating specifically to Wivenhoe are:
Historic Environment Character Area Descriptions
3.1.7 HECA 7 WIVENHOE AREA, p60
3.1.8 HECA 8 WIVENHOE TOWN, p61
Historic Environment Characterisation Zones
5.7 HECA 7: WIVENHOE AREA, p177
5.8 HECA 8: WIVENHOE TOWN, p183
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