Landscape Character Assessment
Winchfield Parish Council commissioned Michelle Bolger Expert Landscape Consultancy (MBELC) to prepare a Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) as part of the evidence base for the update of the Winchfield Neighbourhood Development Plan (WNDP). The LCA and the associated Appendix are attached below.
The LCA is the process of identifying and describing the character of the landscape. LCA documents identify and explain the unique combination of elements and features that make landscapes distinctive by mapping and describing character types and areas. They also show how the landscape is perceived, experienced and valued by people. By setting down a robust, auditable and transparent baseline LCA it will enable the WNDP Steering Group to create appropriate policies to sustain and protect our local landscape.
Hart District Council agreed that the existing District and County Landscape Character Assessments were prepared some time ago and required an update. The current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) at paragraph 174 also includes the following guidance:
Planning policies and decisions should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment by:
a) protecting and enhancing valued landscapes, sites of biodiversity or geological value and soils (in a manner commensurate with their statutory status or identified quality in the development plan);
b) recognising the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside, and the wider benefits from natural capital and ecosystem services