Professor Carys Swanwick, former Head of Landscape at the University of Sheffield, has been appointed as writer of the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment…
The LI and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) have commissioned Professor Carys Swanwick to draft a revised edition of the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA).
GLVIA is now recognised as the established guidance on good practice for landscape architects and other landscape, planning, legal and environmental assessment professionals when carrying out landscape and visual impact assessment of developments.
The second edition, published in 2002, is now due for revision in order to reflect current landscape thinking and practice, as well as changes in the policy and statutory framework.
LI CEO Alastair McCapra said: “GLVIA is an absolutely key tool for ensuring that planning decisions are made in a way that is sensitive to landscape, and I am very pleased that Professor Swanwick will be leading this work on behalf of the Institute.”
Professor Swanwick, former Head of Landscape at the University of Sheffield, was principle writer of Landscape Character Assessment – Guidance for England and Wales and, as such, is regularly asked to advise central and local government on landscape character assessment. As a result, she has helped to shape the approach set out in the recent European Landscape Convention.
She led a major research project for the Department of Transport Local Government and the Regions on improving urban parks and green spaces to inform the work of the Government’s Green Space Task Force in 2002 and is currently PI on a four-year, EU-funded research project covering the role of landscape and environmental quality in attracting investment to degraded post-industrial areas.