News 08.10.2019

Shropshire Landscape and Visual Sensitivity Assessment makes the 2019 LI shortlist

We are delighted to announce that our Landscape and Visual Sensitivity Assessment for Shropshire Council has been shortlisted in the Landscape Planning and Assessment category at the 2019 Landscape Institute Awards

Shropshire’s landscape forms an integral part of the county’s economy, not only because of the farming industries it sustains but also because of the residents, tourists and investors it attracts. The importance of the County’s landscape is recognised as being part of the area’s special appeal, with the Shropshire Hills formally designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Shropshire Council commissioned Gillespies to deliver an a study that assesses the landscape around 66 settlements, identified for growth in the council’s Local Plan Review, to inform the selection of sites and to ensure that any new developments are delivered in a way that is sympathetic to the landscape, allowing it to be maintained for future generations to enjoy.

The study also provided a sound basis for decision making in the determination of planning applications, based on principles of sustainability, and is one of the first county-wide sensitivity studies to undertake separate landscape and visual assessments.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Troxy in London on Thursday 28th November.

See the shortlist here.