Landscape Character Assessments
What is a Landscape Character Assessment?
We want to preserve the features of our local landscape for the future. We use Landscape Character Assessments to:
- find out what makes our borough's landscape so unique
- make sure any future developments do not change or take away the area's natural features
In 2007, consultants did a Landscape Character Assessment for the borough. They found which features made the largest contributions to the character of areas in the borough. Their report provided a strategy for how to protect, conserve and enhance the land.
We used the Landscape Character Assessment report when we wrote our Local Plan. This means we have a strategy for managing:
- what can be built in the borough
- where developments can take place
By using the Landscape Character Assessment, we can make sure all local developments:
- conserve and/or enhance the characteristics of Guildford's landscape, villages, and towns
- maintain locally valued features
- enhance or restore any deteriorating local features
- respect the relationship between towns, villages, and the countryside
- conserve and/or enhance local views, landscape features and landmarks
- stay in line with local building styles and materials
- support our efforts to look after plants and animals living in the borough
If you're planning a development in the area, you should read our Landscape Character Assessment reports. They show you which features you'll need to help conserve, improve and/or protect.
How are areas in the borough sorted?
The Landscape Character Assessment is split into three reports. Each covers a different type of area within the borough. These are:
- rural areas
- rural-urban fringe areas
- urban areas