Protecting and managing our landscapes and townscapes

We help national and local government, as well as organisations such as CABE, English Heritage and Historic Royal Palaces, with surveying, evaluating and describing landscapes to help define policies for planning and management.

Our work includes planning and management of protected landscapes (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks, National Scenic Areas and World Heritage Sites), identifying areas for national designation, and preparing statutory management plans. We define landscape and Green Belt designations, prepare boundary reviews and undertake assessment against statutory criteria for designation.  We also prepare view management frameworks. Clients benefit from dynamic visual impact studies, 2D and 3D visibility modelling, and photography and visualisations.

We’ve assessed the natural beauty of land between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, defined the special qualities of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and reviewed local landscape designations in Fife, Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Perth and Kinross. We’ve also produced management plans for the South Downs National Park and Dartmoor National Park, developed an interactive web-based atlas for the Cornwall AONB to monitor change, and contributed to the Tower of London World Heritage site management plan.

If you need help designating landscapes or reviewing landscape designations please contact Kate Ahern, Nick James, Rebecca Knight or Diana Manson.