GLVIA Training Event - Edinburgh 05 December 2014

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Training to introduce the third edition of the LI/IEMA Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment


The Landscape Institute and the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment launched the third edition of the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, published by Routledge, as a new book in April 2013 (replacing earlier editions). The 3rd edition takes account of changes that have taken place since 2002 in the context in which LVIA takes place, including in the legal and regulatory regimes and in associated areas of practice. It also takes account of the much greater range of experience of applying LVIA and testing it through Public Inquiries and related legal processes, which revealed the need for some issues to be clarified and for the guidance to be revised to take account of changing circumstances. The Landscape Institute is offering a series of regional training events on the new version of the guidance to help practitioners and others to understand the changes.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

These sessions are aimed at practitioners wishing to learn about LVIA for the first time or who want to update their LVIA knowledge and understanding in the light of GLVIA3. The focus will be on the step-wise process of assessment and will address landscape and visual effects and approaches to cumulative effects assessment. The key aim will be to develop participants’ understanding of the process and their confidence in applying it. Delegates should be able to develop and tailor the process set out in the Guidelines to the projects they are dealing with, and provide reasoned justifications for their judgements

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand more about the role of landscape and visual impact assessment within EIA and as a stand-alone process
  • Have developed an improved understanding of the approach to assessing the significance of effects and greater confidence in its application
  • Have explored, through group exercise and discussion, the process of assessment of significance, focussing on the contributory elements: value/susceptibility/sensitivity; scale/extent/duration/magnitude, and degree of effect
  • Have had the opportunity to ask questions about the Guidelines and methodology, and to share ideas and thoughts with others

Outline of the day

Time Session

10:30 Introduction to the day; LVIA and EIA
10:45 Principles and Processes of LVIA
11:00 The proposed development
11:15 Baseline studies and assessing value
11:30 Identifying effects
11:45 Assessing susceptibility and sensitivity of receptors and magnitude of change
12:00 Assessing degree of effect and significance
12:15 Application to cumulative effects assessment
12:30 Q&A on the introductory presentation
12:45 LUNCH
13:45 Introduction and break into groups for interactive exercise
14:00 Group discussions of allotted aspects of the LVIA
15:15 Plenary session with selective Group report-back. Q&A and general discussion
16:15 Concluding remarks
16:30 CLOSE

Refreshments and lunch are included in the price

The Training Leaders

Both Leaders will be present at each training event and additional GLVIA experienced facilitators will be in attendance for the group exercise

Professor Carys Swanwick

Carys spent 23 years in practice with Land Use Consultants and has been practically involved in EIA and LVIA through that work. She is particularly associated with the development of Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and wrote the widely used 2002 guidance on LCA for England and Scotland and has run many training events on the approach. She became Head of the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield in 1995 and since then has introduced seventeen generations of students to the principles and practice of LVIA as well as to other landscape planning tools, including LCA. Carys was appointed as the writer of the third edition of the LVIA guidelines and has worked with the advisory panel, including Mary, and with the support of Landscape Institute staff, to produce the final published version.

Mary O’Connor CMLI

Mary is an Associate Director at WYG and has been working there since the mid-1990s. She was a member of the LI Advisory Panel that guided the production of the 3rd edition of the LVIA Guidance and had previously been a member of the working group that produced the 2nd edition. She has carried out LVIA for different kinds of development: residential, commercial, industrial, minerals, wind farms, gas fired electricity generation, transmission infrastructure, highways, etc. and has come to understand that, while the principles of LVIA are constant, each form of development poses its own challenges. Mary has given evidence to public inquiries into different forms of development and, through her extensive experience, has come to regard precision in use of terminology as of fundamental importance.

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Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Registration is transferrable until 4 days before the event - 01 December 2014

What is the refund policy?

Early Bird registrations are refundable until 21 days before the event - 14 November 2014
Standard registrations are non refundable

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No - for security reasons the name of the attendee must match the registration. NOTE: Registration is transferrable until 4 days before the event - 01 December 2014

Cancellation Policy:
Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to: Landscape Services Ltd, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU. 21 days' notice or more before the event full refund given, less than 20 days notice, no refund given. Name changes permitted. Written notice should be sent to: Landscape Services Ltd, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU Data Protection: Landscape Services Ltd may from time to time send information to those who registered for the conference about other events and related products or services.
Landscape Institute, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU Tel: 020 7685 2640

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Organizer Landscape Institute

Organizer of GLVIA Training Event - Edinburgh 05 December 2014

The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape professions.

With over 5600 members and 500 Registered Practices, operating in over 40 countries, we provide a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers.

The LI’s aim, through the work of its members is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.

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