STRATEGIC LANDSCAPE STUDIES
Landscape issues can be key considerations in the development planning process. Initial strategic stages of site selection and development promotion are no exception and early consideration of landscape issues can help with identification and resolution of issues before they become problems.
We have experience of preparing strategic landscape studies for development feasibility testing, site selection, and in relation to local plan allocation processes. Sometimes this takes the form of landscape value, sensitivity and/or capacity studies. Sometimes this will also involve consideration of Green Belt issues. They may be to assess wider tracks of land targeted for areas of search, such as settlement fringe areas. Alternatively they may be required where candidate sites are in competition with other sites and direct comparison of landscape fit is required.
We can provide these services for developers or land owners wishing to identify and promote land for development. We can also provide these services to local authorities and parish councils as part of local plan and neighbourhood plan preparation.