Landscape Planning

Site Selection

Our input can enable informed decisions to be made regarding land acquisition, for a particular development program and project budget. We offer a high-level consideration of a project’s viability on a particular site or sites and quantify the extent to which landscape is able to accept change.

LVIA

We work to the latest guidelines for landscape and visual impact assessments. Our assessments have been carried out for a range of different proposals of varying scales and types. It can encompass small appraisals, which are often required for planning applications to formal environmental impact assessment for a large scale development.

Long before the term Environmental Assessment was invented, we have been writing Landscape Appraisal reports.  We now prepare these reports to a recognised Environmental Assessment, methodology, depending on the requirements of each project. We have carried out full Environmental Assessments to an agreed scoping brief, and made contributions to wide ranging EAs on our specialist areas.   For a major road scheme through a National Park beauty spot we carried out a Landscape Character Assessment. For a power station project we evaluated its location and produced a Visual Impact Assessment. Environmental Assessment for two proposed nuclear and thermal power stations, West Cumbria, south-west Scotland.

Services

  • Landscape Impact Assessment
  • Visual Impact Assessment
  • Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Coordination of while Environmental Statement
  • Expert Witness
  • Selected Projects
    • Environmental statement for Nirex waste repository at two sites, Dounreay, North Scotland and Sellafield, West Cumbria
    • Environmental assessment for Combined Heat and Power plant, Sellafield
    • Environmental Impact Assessment for Oil fired power station on Thames at Barking, East London
    • Site assessment for electricity sub-station, and associated power-line corridors Chesterfield, Derbyshire
    • Landscape assessment for Drax Power Station Flue Gas Desulphurisation, North Yorkshire, and Barlow Ash Mound extensions, North Yorkshire
    • Environmental Statement for coal storage depot, Bristol Port.
    • Environmental Assessment for Avesta Stainless Steels, Sheffield.
    • Environmental Assessment for proposed new junction on M18 to serve quarries supplying limestone to power stations
    • Landscape and Visual Assessment to DOT DMRB Stage 1 & 2 for proposed highway improvements and cycleway Winnats Pass to Castleton, Derbyshire.
    • Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment & Expert Witness for Barnsley MBC, regarding an appeal for opencast coal mining and colliery reclamation, Grimethorpe
    • Landscape and Visual Assessment for Care Home redevelopment, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

     

    Expertise

    Industrial

    Contaminated soils

    Noise

    Screening

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    Arboriculture / Horticulture

    Interior Horticulture

    Woodland and Tree Management

    Green Roof & Green Walls

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    Ecology

    Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

    Bats Surveys

    Invasive Species Surveys