Landscape Character Areas

Landscape Character Areas
Alternative Title
Dataset Language
Landscape character is defined as 'a distinct, recognisable and consistent pattern of elements in the landscape that makes one landscape different from another, rather than better or worse'. Put simply, landscape character is that which makes an area unique.

The Hertfordshire Landscape Character Area data has been developed to support better decision-making with regard to landscape conservation and management and development planning and management. Maps have been used to record analysts', field surveyors' and consultees' views and the landscape has been subdivided into areas which have an 'identity', typically linked to physical or cultural factors, but which may simply be recognised as such by local communities. These areas are described in detail in landscape character area statements. The statements can be used by developers, their agents and planners and charitable bodies to help guide development and landscape change to be more sustainable. Developers' agents and charities in particular may find it helpful to have the boundaries as GIS data to use in their own systems.

Landscape Character Assessment has been undertaken widely in one form or another since the 1970s, however the current coverage of landscape character assessment across the country derives from government and government agency policy in the 1990s. A hierarchy of scale is found helpful, and the Hertfordshire Landscape Character Assessment provides local detail to support the broad National Character Area statements being prepared by Natural England for similar purposes.

Landscape Character Areas boundaries do not consistently follow any one landscape element, although field boundaries are frequently used. Some urban areas are excluded from the surrounding Landscape Character Areas because they are predominately urban in character (and are recorded as "No Landscape Character Area" in the data).
Topic Category
Keyword Value: Countryside Conservation
Originating Controlled Vocabulary: Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary (IPSV)
Originating Controlled Vocabulary Citation: Version 2.00 - 2006-05-23

Keyword Value: Bio-geographical regions
Originating Controlled Vocabulary: GEMET - INSPIRE Spatial Data Themes (GEMET)
Originating Controlled Vocabulary Citation: 2008-12-05
Temporal Extent
Dataset Reference Date
Date: 2009-09-25
Date Type: Publication
Originally there were 6 files, created at different times:
  • South Herts (2000)
  • St. Albans (2001)
  • Dacorum (2003)
  • East Herts (2004)
  • Welwyn Hatfield (2005)
  • North Herts (2006)

These were combined and additional Non-Landscape Character Areas created for the urban areas to give full coverage for the county.

Boundaries were re-digitised and mered to the 1:10,00 Scale Raster data, at a viewing scale of 1:2,000.

Revised boundaries were validated by site survey.

IPR: Ordnance Survey
Product: 10,000 Mapping
Date: 2009

IPR: Hertfordshire County Council's Intellectual Property Rights
Bounding Coordinates
West Bounding Longitude: -0.76
East Bounding Longitude: 0.22
North Bounding Latitude: 52.10
South Bounding Latitude: 51.58
Extent: Hertfordshire
Authority Code: GB-HRT
Vertical Extent Information
Minumum Value:
Maximum Value:
Coordinate reference system:
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Reference System: National Grid of Great Britain
Authority Code: GB
Spatial Resolution
10 metre
Resource Locator
Data Format
Name of Format: ESRI/Shape file, ESRI/SDE
Version of the Format: - NOT APPLICABLE-
Responsible Organisation
John Rumble
Team Leader - Environmental Resource Planning
Environment Department
Hertfordshire County Council
Role: Owner

Amy Malcolm
Information Analyst
GIS Team
Corporate Services
Hertfordshire County Council
Tel: 01992 555248
Role: Orginiator, Processor, Author

Hertfordshire County Council - Corporate GIS Team
Role: Distributor
Update Frequency
Limitations on Public Access
Copyright Controlled. Use is subject to licence.
Use Constraints
Licenced on terms equivalent to OS OpenData;

You must use the following Copyright Acknowledgement:
Contains public sector information from Hertfordshire County Council.
Licensed on terms equivalent to OS OpenData.
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012

Users should note that the data is not intended to be used as definitive but indicative.

This data is supplied without guarantee or any warranty as to the accuracy, currency or completeness, and is provided as is, excluding any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, to the fullest extent permitted by law, including (but not limited to) satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose.
Additional information source
Information about Landescape Character from Natural England:
Landscape of Hertfordshire - character assessment (
Unique Resource Identifier
Code: LCA
Codespace: HBRC
Spatial Data Service Type
Coupled Resource
Resource Type
Specification Name: COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1205/2008 of 3 December 2008 implementing Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards metadata
Specification Date: 2008-12-04
Specification Date Type: Publication
Degree: False (Not Conformant)
Explanation: Not xml

Data Specifications for Annex 2 and 3 not confirmed
Metadata Date
Metadata Language
Metadata Point of Contact
Hertfordshire County Council - Corporate GIS Team
Review date
Name Long Name Description
OSGB36 National Grid Bounding Coordinates
West: 486000 East: 552000 North: 245000 South: 189000
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