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York Historic Environment Characterisation Project

The 'City of York Historic Environment Characterisation Project' (YHECP) was carried out as part of English Heritage's characterisation programme. The project ran from May 2012 to December 2013 and was supported by a substantial grant from English Heritage (now Historic England).

The study area included the historic core and suburbs of York, up to the outer ring roads (the A1237 and A64). The historic core documents should be read in conjunction with the Central Conservation Area Character Appraisals. The results of this study are outlined in 76 Character Statements concerning each of the project Character Areas. The Characterisation Project Interactive Map is also available.

We compiled an overview document about the project and the connections between York’s six principal characteristics.

An explanation of characterisation

Characterisation helps to manage change in the historic environment by tracing the imprint of history and outlining how the past impacts our world today. It is a vital tool for developers and planners to ensure that a location's historical identity contributes to today's quality of life.

You can see further information on Local Management of the historic environment from Historic England.

Also see


City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA