Using concepts and methods developed over the past sixty years, morphological analysis provides a robust evidence base for strategic planning, design and heritage protection. By combining a range of aspects from historical development, movement, character areas, land use and townscape, the approach provides a rich view that highlights the association between aspects that give a place its identity and make it work.
Desk-based assessments can quickly establish the basic characteristics and disposition of elements for broad strategic purposes. Further, more detailed studies and field surveys can provide a higher level of resolution for purposes such as fine tuned urban design and heritage protection. The approach is particularly suited to:
- compiling an evidence base for development plans, allocations, regeneration frameworks and neighbourhood plans
- assessing development and regeneration options and proposals
- undertaking Conservation Area Appraisals and characterisation studies
- compiling heritage protection strategies
- masterplanning and design