Landscape Character Advice - Planning and Development
Landscape character is an important factor that is considered in
the assessment of planning applications. These pages have been
designed specifically with residential development in mind.
If you have queries about other types of development -
infrastructure, industry etc - please contact us
Generally, an application for residential development should
show that the key characteristics of the Landscape Type of the
intended site have been considered in the siting, design, scale and
layout of any proposed change. Wherever possible, development
should strive to strengthen landscape character, retaining and
conserving existing features whilst seeking opportunities to
restore or enhance others.
This is fundamental to the principle of generating landscape
gain – i.e. the concept that it is no longer acceptable simply to
mitigate to maintain the status quo and that any change must be
accompanied by considerable benefit to the landscape.
Learn more about LCA Guidelines for Planning and
Planning and Development Guidelines
Planning and Development Advice Sheets
European Landscape Convention
ELC highlights the
importance of developing landscape policies dedicated to the
protection, management and creation of all landscapes.
Landscape Character Network
A highly comprehensive resource for LCA and ELC in the UK.
Historic Landscape Characterisation
Led by English Heritage, HLC focuses on the historic
dimensions - the 'time-depth' - that characterises the rural
- Malvern Hills
The Malvern Hills are designated as an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty, recognising the national importance of this
The Royal Chartered body for landscape
architects in the UK.
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This page was last reviewed 1 July 2013 at 14:02.
The page is next due for review 28 December 2014.