Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIAs) and Landscape and Visual Appraisals (LVAs) are undertaken to identify and assess the likely effects of a proposed development on the surrounding landscape and visual amenity. Our team of landscape architects have undertaken numerous LVIAs and LVAs to assess the scale of potential impacts and to contribute to the design of the scheme.

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Landscape mitigation planning

We can provide advice on mitigation planting to avoid or reduce significant impacts. Proposals for mitigation planting are included on a landscape mitigation plan submitted as part of the LVIA or LVA. The LVIA process significantly increases the likelihood of achieving successful planning applications.

Environmental Impact

We can provide advice at a number of different levels including initial pre-planning advice, LVAs for smaller non-Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) schemes and full LVIA for EIA schemes. All assessments are undertaken using the latest Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA3).

LVIAs and LVAs can include visually verified photomontages, and we produce these in compliance with latest guidelines, using a full-sensor camera, tripod and GPS device to produce the most accurate visualisations.

Our landscape architects have experience in undertaking both landscape character assessment and townscape assessment and provide advice on landscape capacity studies for residential and renewable energy projects.

Heritage Impact

We work closely with the ADAS archaeology team when there are potential impacts on heritage assets such as Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas. We can produce joint settings assessments where required.


The ADAS landscape team also has considerable experience of contributing to Appeals. We have prepared written representations and rebuttals to third parties and in collaboration with the ADAS planning team we have secured permission at appeal for a substantial number of schemes.

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Contact Daniel Haigh to enquire about:

  • Initial site appraisal and pre-planning advice
  • Landscape and Visual Appraisal (non EIA)
  • Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Visually Verified Photomontages
  • GIS mapping and spatial analysis
  • Landscape Mitigation Plans
  • Landscape and Townscape Character Assessment
  • Environmental Colour Assessment (ECA)
  • Rebuttal to third party statements
  • Written representations for appeals
  • Expert witness services

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Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), Essex

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Anaerobic Digester Planning Application, North Wales

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Environment / Planning

Illuminating the Implications of Land Use for the Committee on Climate Change, Wales

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