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Landscape Character Assessment

Landscape Character Assessment

Parishioners contributing to our neighbourhood plan, or considering the implications of planning applications or the current/emerging local plan on our immediate area, may be interested in looking at our Landscape Character Assessment (LCA). As part of early work done on Stapleford and Great Shelford’s neighbourhood plan, an LCA was undertaken by a planning consultant and published in October 2019.

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. A robust, auditable and transparent baseline LCA assists in informing judgements and decisions concerning the management of change – and hence has applications in planning decisions – helping us to protect and enhance the special qualities and distinctive characteristics of our area.

Our LCA is available to read here. It is intended to have broad applicability and to benefit the wider community.