Landscape and visual impact assessments (LVIA) are often required as part of the statutory planning process to clearly set out and explain the effects of a development upon the existing landscape and the appearance of such changes in terms of effects on visual amenity. In many cases this process can greatly assist in achieving environmentally sensitive development.
We use a range of methodologies, for varied development types and scales, and in a variety of locations. LVIAs are prepared as part of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) or as stand alone reports.
The methodology selected will depend on the type and complexity of the development and on the basis of consultation with the planning authority.
The work comprises desk studies and site surveys to establish baseline conditions with the impacts of development proposals assessed against established criteria. The impact assessment is an iterative process as proposals are modified and adapted to accommodate design and mitigation recommendations.