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The key concept that underpins CQC is that if landscape character can be described consistently at different points in time, then judgements about the significance of change can be made.

CQC focuses on the Joint Character Areas (JCAs) of England. The study has determined whether the scale and direction of change suggests that their character has been maintained or enhanced, or alternatively whether current changes suggest that an area remains neglected, or is continuing to transform.

CQC Matrix

This section provides access to results from both rounds of the CQC assessment: 1990-1998 and most recently, 1999-2003. Click on the headings below to find out more.