Landscape & Visual Impact assessments demonstrate how any proposed development will fit into the existing physical landscape.
What is a Visual & Landscape Impact Assessment?
Landscape Visual Impact assessment is a sub-category of environmental impact assessment (EIA) concerned with quality assessment of existing landscapes. Landscape quality is assessed either as part of a strategic planning process or in connection with a specific development which will affect the landscape.
Landscape & Visual assessments demonstrate how any proposed development will fit into the existing physical landscape. Typically, this is illustrated though the preparation of landscape masterplans, sectional drawings, terrain models and Computer generated images and photomontages, maps showing the extent over which the proposed development will be visible and a report demonstrating the suitability of the scheme within the provisions of the relevant Development Plan.
Why do I need a Visual & Landscape Impact Assessment?
Visual or Landscape Impact Assessments are now common as part of planning applications for all forms of projects and Local Authorities are requesting Assessments for smaller applications where the proposed development may occupy a prominent location within the existing landscape. A Visual and Landscape Impact Assessment may be required at any stage of the planning process including prior to pre-planning meetings and as part of a further information request.
What is involved in a Visual & Landscape Impact Assessment?
The submission normally comprises of a zone of visual influence map, a series of computer generated images, photomontages and a written report. Depending on the development and the history of the site. a more comprehensive Visual Impact Assessment that includes a Planning Policy review of issues relevant to a proposed development.