The unique natural beauty of an area can be described in a Landscape Character Assessment, which is then used to inform other planning policies.
Landscape Character Assessment is a process to identify and understand the things that give character to the landscape.
Understanding the character of an area is the vital first step in making almost any landscape-related decision, whether it is for a village street or an entire region.
It makes sense: you survey what you have before proposing any change.
There are several things you can do to get involved with Landscape Character Assessment:
Get a feel for landscape character by reading CPRE's publications on Landscape Character Assessment and the Countryside Agency's landscape character assessment guidance.
Find out what has been done so far by groups in your area, including your local authority.
Build up a visual archive of hand-drafted maps and surveys, annotated sketches and hand-drawn pictures. Include photographs of landscape features at different times of the year.
Organise a written archive with descriptions and historic references to the landscape.
Organise events that bring people together to show the importance of landscape character
Do a site survey to look at one issue, such as the flora of an area, or a selection of issues.