Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)
CEC’s Landscape Architects specialise in delivering robust and relevant Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) services for a range of development project types and sizes, such as residential developments, renewable energy schemes including wind turbines and solar PV installations, and infrastructure projects such as roads, powerlines and Park & Ride facilities. We also carry out independent reviews of submitted LVIAs for local planning authorities, developers and private groups and provide expert witness services.
We believe all LVIAs should be objective, informed and prepared by experienced assessors in line with current guidance and offer training to other professionals and developers to try to increase awareness of how and why LVIAs should be carried out.
CEC Landscape Architects can be tailor the requirements of individual projects, depending on size and scope. Services include:
- Desk Study and Feasibility (Useful for initial project evaluation and feasibility considerations, can be used to inform site choice and layout and to pick up main constraints likely to be an issue during later project stages, site visit can be included.)
- Technical Note (Desk study and site visit findings interpreted to draw basic conclusions on potential proposal impacts and key receptors, not an LVIA but may be sufficient for some simple project to illustrate to the planning authority that landscape and visual issues have been taken on board during design development.)
- Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal (Desk study results and extended site work including some viewpoint photography compiled into short report listing key landscape and visual receptors and containing a brief impact assessment for those, supplemented by up to 5 drawings and photosheets.)
- Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (Standard) (Complete detailed study covering Introduction, Baseline (site, landscape, visual), Impact Assessment, Mitigation, Appendices – this will be a full report considered appropriate for many medium to large projects of low to medium complexity, normally accompanied by up to 10 drawings and photosheets.)
- Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (Extended) (As above but for more complicated projects with larger study areas and / or increased site work, photography and liaison requirements; also considering residual impacts and potentially cumulative and nighttime impacts depending on scope agreed with client and authority.)
- Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment to accompany an Environmental Impact Assessment (As above, but impact assessments will include assessment of significance, construction impacts will be assessed and alternatives evaluated. Outputs would consist of the technical report and appendices, an Environmental Statement Chapter and input to the Non-Technical Summary required as part of EIA projects.
- LVIA Review comprising a review of existing LVIA, desk study and site work to enable more detailed understanding of the key issues including viewpoint photography as required, report detailing the findings of the review and outlining key effects on sensitive receptors and recommendations for further work.
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