Environmentally Sensitive Sites

  • Assessment of the appropriateness of developments within a variety of sensitive locations and provision of supporting material as to whether the proposals can or cannot be integrated without detriment to the special qualities of their setting.
  • Appraisal of the site in the context of the sensitive location and assessment of the quality and sensitivity of the landscape character and visual amenities. This forms the basis for supporting documents for the various levels of planning, including the preparation of evidence for Public Inquiries. The assessment may also inform the design of mitigation features through which the proposals can be further integrated.
  • Such sensitive locations include World Heritage Sites, Green Belt, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Local Landscape Designations, Strategic Gaps and Green Wedges, Conservation Areas, Ancient Scheduled Monuments and Historic Parks and Gardens, together with developments close to Listed Buildings and Tree Preservation Orders. The proximity of developments to residential properties and public rights of way are also considered when assessing the sensitivity of the site’s context. Aspect has advised on a variety of developments within sensitive locations, including football stadiums, windfarms, residential, retail and industrial developments.
  • Aspect have considerable experience in providing expert evidence at Public Inquiries nationwide.