Landscape and Visual Assessment

Our landscape architects have extensive experience with landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA) and landscape and visual appraisal (LVA) for new developments. Often a requirement of local planning authorities to obtain planning permission, we carry out the process in accordance with the latest standards, as set out in the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Assessment (GLVIA 3). The assessment ranges in levels of detail and complexity. For smaller, less sensitive sites, we can produce smaller reports that assess the affect of the development based on a number of key viewpoints. For larger developments in more sensitive locations, more extensive reports are often required. These will assess the development in the context of landscape policy and designations and will assess the extent of the visibility locally and in the wider landscape and look at the potential landscape and visual mitigation measures that might make the development integrate better into its surrounding context.