Hart District Landscape Character Assessment
Landscape character assessment is a technique that has been developed to facilitate systematic analysis, description and classification of the landscape.
It involves identification of those features or combinations of elements that contribute to the character of the landscape, thereby enabling the special character and qualities of an area to be understood. This information allows reasoned consideration of those issues affecting the landscape in order to develop appropriate recommendations for its future conservation and management.
Landscape character assessment can make a valuable contribution to the formation of planning policies, to the allocation of land for development, to development control activities, and to processes such as environmental assessment.
Hart District Council’s Landscape Character Assessment was prepared in April 1997 by Scott Wilson Resource Consultants. It is a supporting document to the Hart District Local Plan (Replacement) 1996-2006. No formal landscape designations were made for the Hart District by the Structure Plan, but the Landscape Character Assessment provides the characterisation of the District’s landscape, and evaluates the landscape quality with a view to identifying areas of special landscape quality.
The results of the appraisal are summarised in the introductory sections of the Replacement Local Plan (1996-2006) section 3.3. Policy Gen.3 of the General Policies for Development Control reflects the importance of landscape character assessment in the planning process. It states that ‘Within the Landscape Character Areas, as ..... shown on the proposals map, development will be permitted if it does not adversely affect the particular character of the landscape, and it is in accordance with other policies of this plan.'
For more general information on landscape character assessments visit the Countryside Agency's web site.
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