The assessment process has become an integral component of the 21st century planning system. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) are some of the essential components that inform and clarify planning applications, they also serve to illustrate the full implications of the proposed developments effects for the long, medium and short term.
Within complex, historical and nationally designated landscapes environments it is important to emphasise the importance of the scoping process, this ensures that all relevant issues are identified at the outset of the project to ensure a balanced and fair conclusion.
Landscape Assessment both Visual and Environmental are often appropriate tools to enable a clear understanding of Urban, Suburban and Rural Planning Applications.
An assessment will illustrate the character and detail of the proposed development and enable interested parties to understand the potential effects of the proposed development. These assessments are particularly useful tools when conservation areas, nationally designated landscape areas or single interest groups have a particular concern that the process can understand and assuage.