GLVIA3 published on 17th April

GLVIA3 published on 17th April

Produced jointly by the Landscape Institute and the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) and sponsored by English Heritage, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural Resources Wales, the third edition of Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA) sets out the principles and approach for identifying and assessing the landscape and visual impacts of development proposals.

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) can be key to planning decisions by identifying and assessing the effects of new developments on views, visual amenity and on the landscape as a resource in its own right.

This fully revised edition of the industry standard work on LVIA presents an authoritative statement of the principles of assessment. Offering detailed advice on the process of assessing the landscape and visual effects of developments and their significance, it also includes a new expanded chapter on cumulative effects and updated guidance on presentation.It has been written by Carys Swanwick and is published by Routledge at £49.99

GLVIA 3 has drawn on the experience and opinion of the advisory panel and its chair Jeff Stevenson, of Professor Carys Swanwick, University of Sheffield, who wrote the third edition, as well as on a broad range of individuals and organisations who took part in the consultation process. These included LI members and registered practices, IEMA members and its EIA Quality Mark registrants and a wide range of statutory and non-statutory stakeholders including the Environment Agency and Natural England.

Written by professionals for professionals, the third edition of this widely respected text provides an essential tool for landscape practitioners, developers, legal advisors and decision-makers.

Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute said:

“GLVIA3 is comprehensive and clear, covering the many developments that have taken place in the scope and nature of impact assessment since the publication of the second edition eleven years ago. It acknowledges the environmental framework within which LVIA is now undertaken, particularly the UK Government’s ratification of the European Landscape Convention. Looking forward, it will play a crucial role for those concerned with changes to the landscape and the impact of developments; the Guidelines will assist decision makers in determining what is acceptable, unacceptable or what can be mitigated.”

Josh Fothergill, IEMA’s Policy and Practice Lead for Impact Assessment said:

“GLVIA3 will contribute to the achievement of IEMA’s vision for EIA practice; to deliver more proportionate EIAs that work for developers, communities and the environment. For the first time, this key piece of guidance specifically recognises and references the crucial role of the EIA professional whose interpretive knowledge and skills help to ensure that landscape and visual assessments, undertaken within the EIA process, can be effectively integrated with the rest of the topic assessments in an Environmental Statement. Ultimately, GLVIA3’s increased emphasis on discussion and engagement with key stakeholders should help to focus assessments on likely significant effects, improve the way cumulative effects are considered and reduce delays associated with further information requests.”

Jenifer White CMLI, Senior Landscape Advisor at English Heritage said:

“English Heritage has sponsored the new edition as part of its commitment to working with partners like the Landscape Institute to champion the European Landscape Convention and historic aspects of landscape.”

Laura Campbell, Policy & Advice Manager – Landscape at Scottish Natural Heritage said:

“The Guidelines are a key document in the assessment process. SNH is pleased to have been a joint sponsor of the new edition, in recognition of the important role landscape and visual assessment plays in informing decisions that affect the landscape.”

John Briggs CMLI, Landscape Architect at Natural Resources Wales said:

“The guidelines remain an important ‘how to do it’ benchmark for producing consistent, transparent and ‘value-neutral’ judgements about the impacts of development on landscapes. Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment provides an essential evidence base if the right planning decisions are to be made.”

Chris Bolton, Head of Profession, Landscape at Natural England said: ‘Natural England welcomes the publication of this updated document, and will continue to support the process of landscape impact assessment and visual impact assessment to inform decisions about the environment.’


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