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Headline Indicator 1999-2003

CQC Headline Indicator Map 1999-2003

The assessment has shown that between 1999 and 2003:

Comparison between the first and second rounds of assessment (1990-1998 and 1999-2003) shows a good level of consistency. For example: of the 56 Character Areas that were assessed as showing “change consistent with character” in the first assessment, 54 have been classified as “enhancing” or “maintained” for 1999-2003. Similarly, of the 100 Character Areas that showed “marked or some change inconsistent with character” between 1990 and 1998, 42 showed some slowing or reversal of this trend between 1999 and 2003. The remaining 58 Character Areas that experienced “marked or some change inconsistent with character” up to 1998 continued this trend through to 2003.

The themes Woodland and trees, Semi-natural habitats and River and coastal features were generally stable across the majority of Character Areas. By contrast, Boundary features and Historic features generally showed signs of being neglected, whereas Settlement and development pattern appeared to be diverging in most Character Areas.

The headline indicator suggests that the character of the English landscape is being sustained in the majority of Character Areas.