assess what the potential threats are to our countryside? How can shape new
guide on carrying out Landscape Character Assessments published
by the Countryside Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage.
Landscape Character Assessment is an essential tool to help planners and
policy makers set the right conditions for new development. The guidance
shows how to identify and express the different elements, such as
countryside features, building styles and historic artefacts, which give a
place its character and makes it distinct from its neighbouring areas.
Announcing the new guidance, Countryside Agency chief executive Richard
Wakeford said: 'The landscape is at the heart of our countryside, but it is
not a static thing. It changes with the changing needs of people who live
there, work there or enjoy the countryside. The Landscape Character
Assessment guidance contains the latest thinking on the subject, and it
will provide invaluable advice to policy makers and planners alike on
identifying countryside character and understanding what makes each place
Scottish Natural Heritage chief executive Ian Jardine stated: 'Using this
guidance can help people ensure that change in the landscape is for the
better - it will help people make informed judgements about development,
and about ways in which the countryside can be sensitively managed.'
The Countryside Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage are running workshops
in June and September to brief practitioners on Landscape Character
Assessment In England a network of practitioners has been formed to oversee
the use of Landscape Character Assessment and provide training events and
Landscape Character Assessment. Guidance for England and Scotland can be
accessed on the web .