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Landscape and visual impact assessment

The landscape and visual impact assessment (also known as the LVIA), plays a crucial role in making informed planning decisions by evaluating the effects of new developments on both the visual and landscape aspects. It distinguishes between visual and landscape effects, each requiring a comprehensive analysis to create a successful landscape and visual impact assessment.

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The Purpose of a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

The landscape and visual impact assessments actually provide two main objectives that greatly influences the planning and development process. It aids in designing proposed changes to landscapes and assessing the effects of new structures, ensuring that negative landscape impacts are minimised. The landscape and visual impact assessment often forms part of other environmental assessments and is viral for development proposals and planning applications.

Why Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments Matter

The landscape and visual impact assessment  is a pivotal component of responsible development. It helps ensure that new projects harmonise with the existing environment, preserving the cherished landscapes and visual aesthetics that we have here in the British countryside. By thoroughly assessing potential impacts, we can enable better planning decisions and sustainable development.

The Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment Process

The landscape and visual impact assessment unfolds in stages, each with its unique significance to the overall assessment. From initial scoping to identifying mitigation measures, we employ a systematic approach to evaluate effects and their significance. By employing the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA3), we ensure the highest standards.

Benefits of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments

The Landscape and visual impact assessment goes beyond a regulatory requirement. It offers several advantages, including early detection and identification of potential issues, improved project design, and the ability to create proposals that blend seamlessly and harmoniously with the environment. The landscape and visual impact assessment is an investment in sustainable and responsible development.

Landscape and visual impact assessment:
Frequently combined with the following additional services:
Arboriculture Constraints Report
Environmental Impact Assessment
Flood Risk Assessment
Land Contamination Report
Tree Surveys and Reports
Whole Lifecycle Carbon Assessment
BREEAM Assessment
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Our Expertise In Conducting Environmental Assessments and reports

Our team of specialists and assessors have extensive experience in conducting landscape and visual impact assessments. We are well versed in interpreting and applying the GLVIA3, guaranteeing a professional and detailed assessment. Our expertise extends to various project types, from rural developments to urban proposals.

We understand that each project is unique. That’s why our landscape and visual impact assessment services are flexible and tailored to your specific needs. Our experts work closely with you to ensure that the assessment reflects your project’s individual characteristics and potential challenges.

Our team’s deep understanding of landscape goes beyond the technical aspects. We appreciate the intrinsic value of natural landscape beauty and cultural significance. Our approach balances professional assessment with a reverence for the landscape. This can also assist you in acquiring planning permission for your structure – as the preservation of the landscape and visual impact has been taken into account in the designing and planning process.

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Who Can Perform A Landscape And Visual Impact Assessment

The landscape and visual impact assessment guidelines are accessible to all, and professionals in the landscape field are typically well-versed in their application. Landscape and Environmental professionals offer a more holistic perspective and are valuable in the context of both professional and Public Inquiries. The Landscape Institute’s GLVIA Panel monitors practitioners’ performance, ensuring high standards.

Understanding Landscape and Visual Effects

The landscape and visual impact assessment dissects two intertwined aspects of developing new structures: landscape effects and visual effects. It follows the standard methodology provided in the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (3rd Edition), recommended by relevant professional institutes.

Guidelines For The Landscape And Visual Impact Assessments

The Landscape Institute, in collaboration with IEMA, published the third edition of Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA3) IN 2013. These guidelines offer in-depth insights into the assessment process, emphasising the significance of effects and introducing a chapter on cumulative effects.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)?

A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) is an evaluation that helps in making informed planning decisions by assessing the effects of new developments on both the visual and landscape aspects. It distinguishes between visual and landscape effects, each requiring a comprehensive analysis to create a successful assessment.

Why is a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment important?

A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment is important because it aids in designing proposed changes to landscapes and assessing the effects of new structures, ensuring that negative impacts are minimized. It often forms part of other environmental assessments and is crucial for development proposals and planning applications.

Who can perform a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment?

The guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments are accessible to all, and professionals in the landscape field are typically well-versed in their application. Landscape and Environmental professionals offer a more holistic perspective and are valuable in the context of both professional and Public Inquiries.

What is the process of a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment?

The Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment unfolds in stages, each with its unique significance to the overall assessment. From initial scoping to identifying mitigation measures, a systematic approach is employed to evaluate effects and their significance. The Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA3) are followed to ensure the highest standards.

What are the benefits of a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment?

The Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment offers several advantages, including early detection and identification of potential issues, improved project design, and the ability to create proposals that blend seamlessly and harmoniously with the environment. It is an investment in sustainable and responsible development.

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