The first step in understanding your area.

Assessing the existing character of the landscape is an important first step in managing change.

Our expertise extends from the 1980s, when we were involved in developing the technique of landscape character assessment (LCA) as the foundations for the Countryside Commission’s first guidance.

Since then, we have revised the national LCA guidance for Natural England, written the national LCA for Northern Ireland Environment Agency, and the national LCA for the then Countryside Council for Wales. At regional and local levels, we’ve prepared character assessments for the South Downs, Dartmoor and Snowdonia National Parks, for a large number of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and countless other land and townscapes the length and breadth of the UK. These resources form the backbone of local planning authorities’ evidence base.

We are particularly expert in the practical application of LCA in reviewing local landscape designations, assessing landscape sensitivity and capacity to various development types, policy formulation and developing landscape plans and strategies.

For input from the creators of some of the defining guides on LCA, please contact Kate Ahern, Nick James, Sam Oxley or Sally Parker.