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Can you tell a chalk downland from an alluvial river terrace? How can you ...
Can you tell a chalk downland from an alluvial river terrace? How can you

assess what the potential threats are to our countryside? How can shape new

development to respect countryside character? The answers are in a 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 .

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