Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments

What are Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments?

Landscape is about more than just how an area looks. The European Convention on Landscape describes it as “our living natural and cultural heritage, be it ordinary or outstanding, urban or rural, on land or in water”. Landscapes underpin our economy, support health and well-being and have unique qualities which contribute to the development of community identities and a sense of place.

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIA) can be key to effective planning decisions since they help identify the effects of new developments on views and on the landscape itself. These effects can be quite different. Some developments can have visual effects but none on landscape character and some vice versa. A depth of analysis and understanding of these two interrelated aspects is required to produce a successful LVIA.

ProHort has extensive experience of undertaking Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments. Through LVIAs, we can work with our clients to address landscape and visual impact issues at an early stage, ensuring proposals work within the landscape setting, deal effectively with any constraints and are visually acceptable. A project which works with the landscape character of the area is more likely to be acceptable at a local level and to local planning authorities.

Working with our photo montage and visualisation experts, our landscape architects can advise on appropriate design and mitigation measures; often leading to appearances at public inquiries to present detailed evidence on development proposals.

ProHort also carry out Landscape Character Assessments (LCA) at a Local Authority level, identifying the unique qualities and features of an area which contribute to local distinctiveness. Our LCAs are used in Local Plans, Transport Strategies and Supplementary Planning Guidance to improve the design quality of new development and to promote good countryside management.

Included in the pack are:
  • Project brief outlining the area of study and any proposed changes.
  • Baseline study informed by desk and field-based research.
  • Identification and evaluation of any significant changes to the landscape character.
  • Proposals for any mitigating or remedial measures to minimise the effect of change and an evaluation.
  • Results of any community consultation where this is required.
  • Presentation of findings in agreed format.
  • Alternative file formats can be made available, if required.

If you would like more information about our Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, or to arrange a site visit from our specialist consultant, why not get in touch?


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ProHort know how important it is to get value for your money, especially when coordinating a development project. Therefore, we provide our very best price for all of the services we provide, first time.

Prices for a Landscaping and Visual Impact Assessments can vary depending upon a range of factors, including the complexity of the project.

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