Landscape, seascape and visual impact assessments

We are able to carry out a wide variety of landscape, seascape and visual impact assessments (LVIAs or SVIAs) for developers and for local authorities to inform the development management process.

Our method is in line with good practice including the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment Edition 3 (GLVIA 3) and other relevant guidance. 

Our assessments are supported by appropriate visualisations , such as photomontages (see Raglan livestock market pictured).

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Project case studies

Our approach

When working for developers we initially identify the baseline character of the area, the nature of development and resulting potential effects. Based on this we consider mitigation in terms of the design of development and potential landscape and planting proposals to assist integration of the development into the landscape. We then assess initial and residual effects after mitigation is established. Before taking on any commission we make sure that we are likely to be able to support the case for a development or make it clear that significant adverse residual effects may be identified which may have to be balanced with benefits.

A major element of our work is supporting planning authorities by checking if developer’s LVIAs or SVIAs use good practice, are accurate, comprehensive and arrive at reasonable conclusions which can be relied upon by decision makers. If not, we offer an objective alternative and assist in liaising with developers.

Development types we have assessed include housing, high rise developments, renewable energy, livestock markets and lifeboat stations in sensitive coastal locations.

Our landscape, seascape and visual impact assessments are complemented by high quality photomontages, wirelines, zones of theoretical visibility [ZTVs] and other GIS tools to demonstrate effects.