Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments
These are the main landscape and visual impact assessment services that we offer, but we would be very happy to discuss your requirements outside these categories.
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We are experienced in assessing the effects of development on the landscape and the visual environment for a range of different projects, many in the renewable energy sector. We appraise impacts based on the latest guidance from the Landscape Institute and the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment, taking into account all relevant government policies and guidelines.
Our Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments start with a thorough desk top study of the baseline (existing) condition, including assessing the Zones of Theoretical Visibility of projects, which are produced by our team using the latest software. We then use our field work to verify the findings and to assess the landscape more fully. Landscape effects (both on the site and the wider character), along with the visual effects of the project are assessed to identify sensitive receptors.
We provide recommendations to sensitively mitigate these identified effects, helping to fit the development more easily into the landscape. These recommendations often also provide biodiversity enhancements, and so assist the developer in supporting the National Planning Policy Framework. We produce Planting strategy plans of a high standard to illustrate the proposals, which can also be used for publicity material.
To help you and all the other stakeholders to envisage the project, both in its initial stages, but also after mitigation, visualisations are prepared using computer models of the proposed development. These show the baseline situation, the proposed development and the mitigation proposals where applicable. These visualisations are developed based on the Landscape Institute advice for photography and photomontage.