About LUC
is a private limited company registered in England (Reg No. 2549296), having its Registered Office at
43 Chalton Street,
London NW1 1JD.

Bristol
12th Floor, Colston Tower,
Colston Street. Bristol
BS1 4XE

+44 (0)117 929 1997
bristol@landuse.co.uk

 

London
43 Chalton Street,
London
NW1 1JD

+44 (0)20 7383 5784
london@landuse.co.uk

Edinburgh
28 Stafford Street,
Edinburgh
EH3 7BD

+44 (0)131 202 1616
edinburgh@landuse.co.uk

 

Manchester
2 Mount Street
Manchester
M2 5WQ

+44 (0)161 3026640
manchester@landuse.co.uk

Glasgow
37 Otago Street,
Glasgow
G12 8JJ

+44 (0)141 334 9595
glasgow@landuse.co.uk

Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YQ

+44 (0)1524 592 829
lancaster@landuse.co.uk

Landscape & Seascape Assessment

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Townscape Assessment, Visual Analysis & Design Guidance

Townscape assessment and design guidance for new urban developments Understanding urban landscapes and design We investigate and explain landscape context and sensitivities, advising local authorities and developers on changing the existing townscape, to improve scheme proposals and maximise chances of planning consent. We believe that design and assessment work best when undertaken interactively, so our [...]

Seascape Character Assessment

How do you assess the character and importance of our coastline and seas? We’ve been pioneering seascape character assessment (SCA) methods for the past five years, applying the principles of landscape character assessment to offshore and coastal areas. We piloted the first local SCA in Wales, which subsequently informed our work to characterise the Dover [...]

Routeing and Assessment of Major Grid and Electrical Infrastructure

Planning and assessing routes for electrical transmission infrastructure. The routeing of electricity transmission infrastructure, particularly overhead lines, is a complex process, requiring a balance between engineering requirements, economic viability, and the environment.  These projects generate considerable public interest, particularly in relation to local concerns such as visual amenity. We carry out routeing studies to identify [...]

Planning for an Ecosystems Approach

Planning for an ecosystems approach in Stirlingshire. The Scottish government’s 2011 Land Use Strategy included a commitment to ‘demonstrate how the ecosystem approach could be taken into account in relevant decisions made by public bodies to deliver wider benefits’.  Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) joined forces to deliver this [...]

Offshore Renewables Planning & Assessment

Offshore Renewable Energy – achieving the right result Demand for offshore renewables is growing. Wind, wave and tidal energy schemes require Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) including specialist seascape, landscape and visual impact assessment (SLVIA). Onshore components may also require EIA and can face planning challenges. LUC is an expert in EIA, SLVIA and the preparation [...]

Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity Studies

Assessing landscape sensitivity and capacity for future development. LUC has long been at the forefront of assessing landscape sensitivity and capacity. We prepare guidance and carry out feasibility and sensitivity studies for all types of developments, including on and offshore renewables, minerals and landfill, housing and urban extensions. Our commitment to honest, incisive exploration of [...]

Landscape Designations and Review

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 [...]

Guidance and EIA Review

Supporting development management through EIA review. The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment reviews is to make sure that Environmental Statements (ESs) contain sufficient robust information for consenting authorities to make informed decisions on applications. We’ve undertaken more than 100 individual reviews for local planning authorities. Our work provides an independent stamp of approval for the ES [...]

Landscape Character Assessment

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 [...]