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Reducing the environmental impact of urban development

How CPRE Shropshire used landscape character assessment to influence development plans and capacity studies...

In 1999, CPRE Shropshire looked at the open land surrounding the town of Shrewsbury. It wanted to be able to measure the effect of future urban developments and show how to reduce any environmental impacts these may have.

CPRE Shropshire members worked with the county council, building on the council's existing landscape character assessment maps and databases. Decisions about the landscape's capacity and suitability for new developments can now be informed by the mapped findings from the assessment, which are publicly available. Where possible, new developments can be established in areas that minimise impact on landscape.