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Services Contextual Planning and Assessment

Our Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment service and related townscape and seascape character assessments can be delivered as an integrated part of our EIA and planning services or in their own right. We have a highly experienced team, with several members regularly acting as expert witnesses at appeals. We also have expertise in preparing Historic Environment Impact Assessments and Setting Studies and undertaking Amenity and Recreation Assessments.

We work with our clients and other disciplines from the earliest stages of site selection and scheme feasibility to the delivery of well-designed projects supported by robust assessment; maximising the likelihood of receiving planning consent.

Key Contacts

Mary Fisher
Board Director

Mary is a landscape architect with specialist expertise in onshore wind and Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), she also acts as an expert witness at planning inquiries. She leads the LDA Design Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and LVIA services, and has responsibility for leading and developing our onshore wind of expertise. In 2013 she founded our Glasgow office, which continues to grow, building a team which offers the full range of LDA Design services in Scotland.

Ian Houlston

Ian is a multi-award winning landscape architect and archaeologist with specialist expertise in the contextual design of large and complex development projects in sensitive locations and assessment, planning and strategy making at the strategic scale.

He has experience of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment, Green Infrastructure planning and Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment and combines technical rigour with creativity and has the skills needed to communicate complex ideas in a simple and engaging way.

Contextual Planning & Assessment projects

Tredegar House and Park

Swansea Tidal Lagoon

Transforming Exeter

Hayle Harbour

Land West of Woodside Way, Great Dunmow

Gladman Sites

Land North of Gilden Way

Denny St Francis

Welborne: a new settlement defined by the South Hampshire landscape


North Ely

Gateway Peterborough

Exeter Science Park

University of Cambridge New Museums Site

Advising On Strategic Regional Growth

Planning Inner-City Regeneration At Birmingham Eastside

Forest Of Dean Landscape Supplementary Planning Document

Setting Study Of Denny Abbey Listed Building & Scheduled Monument

Vine Farm Solar

Steeple Bumpstead


Sizewell C and Hinkley Point C

Shortlands Junction

Scarcewater Tip Wind Farm, Cornwall

Poortown Quarry

Ockendon Landfill Solar

Navitus Bay OSWF

Mid Wales Link

Lincs Offshore Wind Farm

Isle of Man Feasibility Study

Grid Substation


Ellough Solar

Cambs Minerals and Waste plan

Bramford to Twinstead

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm

Bathside Bay Harwich and Port of Felixstowe

South Kyle Wind Farm

Today's Energy Policy Reset - LDA Design

Tallentire Wind Farm

LDA Design Meridian Water

Meridian Water

Great Fen New government guidance on green infrastructure

Masterplan for the Great Fen: Re-Imagining a Fenland Landscape

Dorset Coast Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment

Dorset Coast Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment

Cotswolds AONB

Cotswolds AONB Landscape Character Assessment & Landscape Strategy

Center Parcs


Cliveden Village

Rookery South RFF

Rookery South RRF

Port of Dover