Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)

What is a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment?

A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) may be required for effective planning decisions. A LIVA may be used to assist in the design process for a proposed change. They may be used within planning applications for planning permission. This will typically be requested if the effects of new developments have the potential to negatively affect the landscape.

A LVIA can be key for identifying the effects and assessing the possible negative impacts of a proposed development. Plans can then be set in place to avoid, reduce, or compensate for any negative impacts of the development. A LVIA will take into consideration, the landscape character effects and visual effects of any proposed development.

Further guidelines for landscape and visual impact assessment can be found on the Landscape Institute website.

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When Would a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment be Required?  

There are many types of projects which would require a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, particularly those projects which could negatively impact the landscape character or visual effects within a proposed development area. These types of projects may include: 

  • Wind farms or wind turbines.
  • New roads
  • New houses
  • Forest felling and restocking
  • Mineral Extraction 

Why Choose Collington Winter? 

Collington Winter provide LVIA as part of our Landscape Planning services. We also offer a range of landscape design and landscape management services. We aim to meet the needs of developers, whilst ensuring positive outcomes for the environment.

We pay careful attention to the history and characteristics of each landscape. This helps to ensure the effective and sustainable care of each landscape. 

Our Landscape Architecural Director, Jane Winter, is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Member of the Landscape Institute, with over 15 years of experience in the field. She has worked closely with many clients, creating sustainable, innovative, and inspiring landscapes. 

We are passionate about landscape architecture and complete every project with a high level of professionalism. With current offices located in Manchester and Dumfries, the team are well served to work nationwide. Over the years, we have built strong relationships with key stakeholders across the UK. 

We have experience in providing our services to English heritage projects, planners, architects, quarry companies, house building projects, and many more.

We work alongside Ecologists to ensure sustainability of each project we complete. The ecology services provided by Collington Winter Environmental include protected species surveys, ecological appraisal and assessment, and mitigation services.

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23 Bark Street East, 1st Floor, Bolton, BL1 2BQ

Cambridge Office

Future Business Centre, Cambridge Campus, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2HY


Head Office: 01204 939 608

Dumfries Office: 01387 378208

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