New Guidance Note on Visual Representation of Development Proposals

LI publishes new Guidance Note on Visual Representation of Development Proposals

The Landscape Institute has published its Technical Guidance Note on the Visual Representation of Development Proposals in support of the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

TGN 06/17 was published on 17th September 2019, following an extensive consultation process, to replace previous advice notes to help landscape professionals, planning officers and other stakeholders to select types of visualisations which are appropriate to the circumstances in which they will be used. The new note provides guidance as to appropriate techniques to capture site photography and produce appropriate visualisations.

The Landscape Institute notes: ‘The ability to represent the landscape or townscape that exists and any proposed changes to it is important for the landscape profession. Visual representations or ‘visualisations’ are a good means of doing this, but they must fairly represent what people would perceive in the field. The sophistication of visualisation technique also needs to be proportionate to factors such as purpose, use, user, sensitivity of the situation and magnitude of potential effect’.

Paul Quaife, eb7’s Director – Immersive Visualisation & Virtual Reality, comments: “The new guidance note has, first the first time, recognised the emergence of new technologies such as VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) as a method of visualising development for planning. This is an important progression for the industry and we are currently reviewing the changes to ensure our methodology is all up to date.”

It is the Landscape Institute’s view that the new guidance 06/19 should apply to new commissions undertaken from 17 Sep 2019 onwards, but notes that ‘a reasonable grace period will apply, and reasonable judgements should be made by practitioners over implications of the changeover’.

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