Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity Studies

The practice has wide experience of landscape sensitivity and capacity studies in England and Wales. Their primary purpose is to inform the allocation of land for development in Local Development Frameworks and Local Development Plans respectively.  An early study in the Cotswolds won a Landscape Institute award.

More recent studies have been developed from a pilot demonstration study for Natural England/Countryside Agency in Shrewsbury and Atcham and have included all of Shropshire, Exeter and Stratford-on-Avon.

Studies have been set within the framework of Topic Paper 6 and have developed sensitivity defined at strategic level for land description units/landscape character areas to more detailed settlement edge locations.

In Wales, value is still often used as the main determinant of sensitivity at a strategic level. Notwithstanding this, a sensitivity study has been carried out in Monmouthshire, developing the approach in Shropshire and using criteria in LANDMAP data to the entire surrounds of all settlements and to individual strategic candidate sites. This technique has also been used in the Vale of Glamorgan. 

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