Residential Visual Amenity Assessment


    Under the current system, ‘residential amenity’ must be a factor in planning decisions.

    Residential amenity covers multiple potential effects of a development, including noise, dust, daylight, vibration, shadow flicker, outlook, and visual amenity. This technical guidance note (TGN) covers the assessment of effects on the visual component.

    A ‘right to a view’ is not an automatic right, even in the case of significant impacts to residents’ outlook.┬áThere are, however, situations where the impact on visual amenity is so great that the proposed development is against the public interest.┬áThe approach outlined in this TGN begins within the scope of an ordinary LVIA, and extends to a total of five stages if further assessment is deemed necessary.

    This Technical Guidance Note is prepared in support of landscape and other appropriately qualified professionals who are engaged in RVAA. It is not prescriptive, but aims to improve standards. It promotes a logical approach that should contribute to well-informed decision making.

    Download TGN 02/2019. (PDF, 386 KB.)


    1. Please can I have a copy of the definitive RVAA guidance — it is important for Graveney village where developers want to put a solar park up of 900acres –thank you-and we need the ammunition to oppose it!


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