LUC is working with Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (TVAONB) to review and update Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) information for the Tamar Valley. The project is in partnership with Cornwall Council and Devon County Council. Funding is through the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Our research will create a single, unified LCA across the Tamar Valley, straddling the two counties. It will form a key part of the development phase of the Tamara Landscape Partnership – TVAONB is the lead partner. The LCA will provide a framework for future partnership work throughout the life of the scheme and beyond.

If funding for a five-year delivery phase is secured, projects will benefit the physical environment and communities of the Tamar Valley by enabling further research, conserving and enhancing its rich natural and cultural heritage. It will facilitate engagement and involvement by local communities in caring for this remarkable heritage. The new LCA will form robust evidence on landscape to support the work of the AONB and its partners as well as decision-making by the constituent local planning authorities.

LUC has been at the forefront of the approach and application of LCA since its inception in the 1990s. We prepared the original national guidance on the subject for England and Scotland (2002). We undertook the LCAs for the neighbouring Devon authorities of Dartmoor National Park, West Devon and South Hams and Plymouth.

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