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Landscape Character Assessments (LCA)

Landscape character and its sensitivity to future development

Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) is a tool to assess and identify features and elements that contribute to the character of the landscape. LCAs are used to inform planning policies, the allocation of land for development, the assessment of planning applications and the process of Environmental Assessments.

The pdf icon West Berkshire Landscape Character Assessment (2019) [33Mb] provides an up-to-date assessment for the District. It has replaced the Newbury District Landscape Assessment (1993) and Berkshire Landscape Character Assessment (2003). It sits alongside the pdf icon North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) LCA [21Mb], which extends beyond West Berkshire.

The sensitivity of the character of the landscape to future development can also be assessed.

In 2009 a Landscape Sensitivity Study was completed for the main towns of West Berkshire in order to inform the most appropriate options for the direction of sustainable growth across the district. The areas covered were:

In 2011 a Landscape Sensitivity Assessment (LSA) was completed for the rural service centres and service villages in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

You can read pdf icon an introduction [957kb], or pdf icon download the full AONB Landscape Sensitivity Assessment study. [12Mb] 

In 2014 a Landscape Capacity Assessment (LCA) was completed for potential housing sites in the AONB. You can read pdf icon an introduction and Phase 1 [300kb] of the Assessment.

The areas covered were:

In 2015 a Landscape Capacity Assessment (LCA) was carried out for other potential housing sites in, or within the setting of, the AONB.

The areas covered were:

In January 2017, a pdf icon Landscape Capacity Asessment (LCA) [2Mb] of potential housing sites in Stratfield Mortimer was prepared for Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council as part of work on the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), adopted in May 2017.

In November 2020 a Landscape Capacity Assessment was carried out for a potential housing site in Newbury. The area covered was: pdf icon LCA for Land South of Newbury Racecourse (ref GRE3) [1Mb]

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