Landscape Assessment Services
Feasibility Assessments are undertaken on a wide variety of projects and sectors, where our clients require us to identify the risk that landscape and visual issues may present to obtaining a planning consent. Desktop outline feasibility is a cost effective way to identify potential ‘show-stoppers’, whilst larger complex projects can often benefit from a more detailed assessment that may include a site visit.
Crestwood Environmental was well-versed at undertaking LVIAs in the UK and Ireland for a variety of schemes and at a variety of scales (many of which do not fall within the scope of the EIA regulations but still warrant a smaller ‘landscape appraisal’ to provide supporting information for planning applications etc. These are undertaken in accordance with latest guidelines from the Landscape Institute, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) etc.
LVIAs can also be undertaken as part of ROMPs (Reviews of Old Mineral Permissions) and as supporting evidence for Development Framework Inquiries and Public Inquiries into planning appeals.
The process can involve the undertaking of visibility analyses (producing Zones of Theoretical Visibility on maps – Visibility Mapping), design of mitigation measures to avoid and reduce adverse effects, the production of photomontages (to accurately depict the effects of proposed development) and visualisations (to interactively explore the effects of mitigation and of the development proposals from multiple locations).
Projects include waste management facilities (landfills, MRFs etc.), minerals sites, infrastructure (e.g. pipelines, highways, powerlines), built developments and wind farms.
Night Assessments (looking at the visual and landscape effects of development proposals at night) can also be undertaken, providing information for lighting plans etc.
The key services that we provide are:
- Feasibility Assessments
- Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
- Lighting Assessments
- Zones of Theoretical Visibility: ZTV (ZVI)
- Augmented Reality
- Shadow Flicker Assessment
- Glint and Glare Assessment