Information regarding EUS and HLC

Thomas Mallike made this Freedom of Information request to Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

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Dear Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England,

Please could you provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

A list of all Counties and Unitary Authorities where English Heritage have funded an extensive urban survey.

A list of all Counties and Unitary Authorities where English Heritage have funded a historic landscape characterisation.

A list of all EUS and HLC schemes that have been funded but not completed.

A list of all EUS and HLC schemes that have been funded but were terminated before completion.

And a list of any HLS and EUS schemes that have been placed on hold.

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Mallike

QUELCH, Frances,

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Dear Mr Mallike,

Re: Freedom of Information Request - extensive urban survey and historic
landscape characterisation

Thank you for your email, dated 7 August 2011. In your email you have
requested the following information:

1. A list of all Counties and Unitary Authorities where English Heritage
have funded an extensive urban survey.
2. A list of all Counties and Unitary Authorities where English Heritage
have funded a historic landscape characterisation.
3. A list of all EUS and HLC schemes that have been funded but not
completed.
4. A list of all EUS and HLC schemes that have been funded but were
terminated before completion.
5. A list of any HLC and EUS schemes that have been placed on hold.

Your request will be considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

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procedure are attached.

Yours sincerely,

Frances Quelch
Access to Information Assistant

English Heritage
The Engine House
Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EH
Tel: 01793 414537
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TREVITT, Jessica,

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Our Reference: FOI 11/1242

Dear Mr Mallike,

Re: Information Request - Extensive Urban Survey
and Historic Landscape Characterisation

Thank you for your email, dated 7 August 2011. You have requested the
following information:

1. A list of all Counties and Unitary Authorities where English Heritage
have funded an extensive urban survey.

2. A list of all Counties and Unitary Authorities where English Heritage
have funded a historic landscape characterisation.

3. A list of all EUS and HLC schemes that have been funded but not
completed.

4. A list of all EUS and HLC schemes that have been funded but were
terminated before completion.

5. A list of any HLC and EUS schemes that have been placed on hold.

Your request has been handled under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004. I can confirm that English Heritage holds information
that falls within the scope of your request and I am able to provide you
with that information. I have attached three lists to this email: list 1,
list 1B and list 2. I have provided below an explanation of the documents
and what they show.

The lists require some explanation because of the many changes to Local
Authority (LA) structures and geography whilst the HLC and EUS programmes
have been running. I will look at each of your questions in turn:

Question 1 - Extensive Urban Survey (EUS)

English Heritage's funding for EUS is provided to local authority
archaeological services and Historic Environment Records to carry out the
work in-house. EUS projects are based on the county council areas
established in the local government reorganisation of 1974, which was
still in existence when the EUS programme was started, and on which the
network of local authority archaeological services was originally based.
Part or all of some of those county council areas are now unitary
authorities or National Parks local planning authorities. Most of the
'metropolitan' 1974 counties have been covered by HLC rather than EUS
because of the extensive nature of their urban areas.

List 2 shows EUS arranged by the `1974' County.

Both List 1 and 2 use the following categories to show progress:

1. Not yet started' (but usually with ongoing discussion between English
Heritage and relevant LAs)

2. At Project Design stage: means that the HER is in the progress of
writing a Project Design in line with English Heritage procedures and with
English Heritage help

3 . In progress: means that the project has started; it might be at any
stage between staff recruitment and full completion of the mapping stage

4. Completed: means that at least the mapping stage of the project has
been completed (Projects typically continue for a few months afterwards
for reporting etc)

Question 2 - Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

There is no one-to-one correlation between English Heritage-funded HLC
projects and local authorities. The projects usually cover whole county
council areas, but often including neighbouring UAs. Where AONBs or
National Parks extend beyond county boundaries, the project sometimes
extends to include the whole designated area. HLC projects have nearly all
been carried out by staff (or occasionally consultants) of Historic
Environment Records (HERs) located within local authorities usually at
County Council but occasionally at Unitary (UA) level. In a few cases they
have been carried by staff in AONBs or NPs, or in District councils, and
in one case (a `rapid' HLC of Greater London) by English Heritage. Early
HLC projects often excluded major urban areas, some of which remain to be
covered.

List 1 - shows local planning authorities of all types (Unitary
Authorities, National Parks, Metropolitan Boroughs, London Boroughs and
Districts) and the remaining County Councils.

List 1B - shows the individual HLC projects that English Heritage has
funded or in some way helped. Two smaller scale projects are excluded
(Colne Valley (Bucks / GL) and Isle of Axholme) because in terms of
geographical coverage they fall within the footprint of larger HLC
projects.

Question 3. All EUS and HLC schemes that have been funded but not
completed.

These projects are shown on Lists 1 and 2 as `in progress'.

Question 4. All EUS and HLC schemes that have been funded but were
terminated before completion.

No funded EUS or HLC projects have been terminated before completion. Some
HLC projects were redesigned to exclude large cities, which are shown on
List 1 as `Not yet started'.

Question 5. Any HLC and EUS schemes that have been placed on hold.

An EUS project for Oxfordshire has been put on hold, but it is planned to
restart when the Oxfordshire HLC has been carried out.

I hope that the information that I have been able to provide is helpful to
you. If however, you are unhappy with the response that you have
received you may request an internal review. Details of our review
procedure are attached.

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Trevitt
Access to Information Manager

English Heritage

Room 2/73

The Engine House

Fire Fly Avenue

SWINDON

SN2 2EH

Tel: 01793 414539

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