Visual Impact Assessment

New developments will be around for a very long time.  Their appearance is therefore critical and VIA is used to assess impact and inform the design of schemes.

We identify the landscape or townscape characteristics of a site and its wider context to assess the visual effects of new development proposals. 

We follow the Landscape Institute and IEMA guidelines for preparing Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments. Based on best practice, our assessments are tailored to meet specific site circumstances and ensure that the effects of new development on landscape, or townscape, characteristics and visibility are considered. If identified, any adverse effects can be mitigated at an early stage of the design process.

Our services include:

  • appraisals of landscape character and visual amenity
  • baseline landscape character and/or visual impact assessments to inform development proposals
  • standalone landscape character and/or visual impact assessments to support application proposals
  • Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments as part of Environmental Statements.

At Lincolns Inn our VIA established key issues and sensitivities setting the visual framework for the international competition winning scheme prepared by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for the LSE.