The 'City of York Historic Environment Characterisation Project' (YHECP) is 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.
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.
We compiled an overview document which gives further information on the project and outlines the connections between York’s 6 principal characterics.
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.