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Landscape - Character Assessment

Landscape character assessment is a technique that has been developed to help the system of analysis, description and classification of the landscape. The purpose of such an assessment is to provide baseline information to ensure that change and development does not undermine what is characteristic or valued about a particular place, and to identify ways in which such landscape and character can be enhanced.

England is divided into 159 distinct National Character Areas with boundaries formed by natural features rather than administrative boundaries. Each area is defined by a combination of landscape, biodiversity, geodiversity, and cultural and economic activity.

Within Lincolnshire, several of the District Councils have carried out their own Landscape Character Assessments, providing more detail at a local level. You can look at these by clicking on the links in the text or by using the “websites” tab above. Landscape Character Assessments are available for South Kesteven, West Lindsey, East Lindsey, North Kesteven and Boston Borough.

Landscape character assessments have also been carried out for other areas which straddle district boundaries. The Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has its own Landscape Assessment identifying four landscape character areas, and the  East Midlands Regional Landscape Character Assessment includes Lincolnshire along with Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

Linked to this work is an evaluation of the historic landscape. Lincolnshire County Council has completed a Historic Landscape Characterisation project to help people to interpret the modern environment. This refers back to how it has developed and helps to identify what is historically important about particular landscapes.

Together, these assessments provide a consistent basis upon which to evaluate the impact of large-scale proposals and target landscape improvement projects.

Contacts

  • Environmental Services - Correspondence

    Environment & Economy

    Lancaster House

    36 Orchard Street

    Lincoln

    LN1 1XX

    Tel: 01522 782070

    Fax: 01522 552377

    Email: countryside_access@lincolnshire.gov.uk

  • Telephone enquiries: our opening hours are 8am-6pm Mon to Fri (except bank holidays)

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  • Environmental Services - Face to Face

    Environment & Economy

    Lancaster House

    36 Orchard Street

    Lincoln

    LN1 1XX

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Last updated: 27 April 2016

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