The eleventh edition of the Impact Assessment Outlook Journal features a series of thought pieces on landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA) produced by landscape professionals, providing valuable insight into some key current LVIA topics

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of local green space and community spaces, across the UK and globally.

    Furthermore, planning debates in England are increasingly focusing on quality. An updated National Planning Policy Framework, National Design Guide, and National Model Design Code all emphasise the importance of quality, place-based design.

    In terms of planning and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA) can be a contentious area of practice. The UK and Ireland have world-renowned natural and built heritage, and an incredible variety of landscapes. Thankfully, guidance on this area of practice is well-developed, with an established methodology presented in the third edition of the Landscape Institute (LI) and IEMA’s Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA).

    The eleventh edition of the Impact Assessment Outlook Journal is a collaboration between IEMA and the LI. It provides a series of thought pieces on landscape and visual impact assessment. Guest editor Rebecca Knight CMLI, Chair of the LI’s GLVIA Panel, has written about the launch of the journal.

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    Are you interested in developing and improving LVIA? Join the Landscape Institute GLVIA Panel!

    The Panel reports to the LI’s technical committee and meet four times a year. They contribute to the development of the LI’s guidance and training courses, and assist the LI team in answering member queries on the subject.

    The LI also has a dedicated LVIA forum on LI Connect. (Joining this brand-new networking platform is absolutely free and easy for both members and non-members.)

    We’re looking for LI and IEMA members with expertise in writing or reviewing LVIAs. Please send a CV and a personal statement about how you can contribute to the Panel’s work to by 30 November 2021.


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