Shropshire Landscape and Visual Sensitivity Assessment

Shropshire, UK

Gillespies produced a landscape and visual sensitivity assessment for the county of Shropshire. A key requirement of the brief was that the landscape and visual sensitivity assessments should be prepared and presented separately.

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The study, which focussed on 60 settlements, was needed to inform the selection of housing and employment sites for allocation through the council’s Local Plan Review. It also provided a robust evidence base to support the existing Local Plan policy, which seeks to protect landscape character and visual amenity in Shropshire through the development control process.

The assessment considered the landscape and visual sensitivity of over 200 land parcels. This required a rigorous approach, detailed site work, attention to detail and the application of careful terminology. Throughout the process, Gillespies worked proactively with the council’s Steering Group to empower those who are charged with the delivery and defence of the study findings and subsequent Plan decisions.

The report includes thoroughly researched baseline information, consistent assessment thresholds across both landscape and visual sensitivity, clearly understandable assessment narratives and supporting graphics that present conclusions simply and clearly.