Viento Environmental works in a range of market sectors and we offer the following services:
- Landscape and visual impact assessment
- Landscape characterisation
- Landscape design
- Landscape appraisal and feasibility studies
- Cultural heritage assessment
- Planning graphics
- Expert witness services
Landscape Characterisation including undertaking landscape character assessments as part of planning applications and environmental statements or environmental reports, and interpreting published landscape characterisations to provide advice to clients on aspects of site design, layout, site integration and improvements to landscape fabric.
Recent project examples include assisting a charity organisation in the Midlands with an application to Natural England to designate an area of landscape as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty national designation. This work has involved drawing historic, cultural and landscape information from a number of sources, landscape characterisation work in the field and inputting information into prescribed landscape character forms.
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment across a range of development types including commercial developments, agricultural proposals such as dairy and poultry applications, and renewable energy developments.
Viento projects have included Lower Leighton Dairy Unit near Welshpool, for which we provided expert evidence at public inquiry, various poultry unit applications in Wales where issues assessed included cultural heritage matters, landscape character and visual amenity impacts. Our experience in renewable energy LVIAs extends to over 80 wind farms and single turbine applications as well as a number of solar farm and anaerobic digestion facilities across the UK. Since 2015 we have also been undertaking LVIAs for numerous solar farm applications within Southern Ireland. Several have been permitted with a number of applications currently in the planning process – yet to be determined.
Landscape Design including advice at the site design stage, planting designs, advice on methods of soft landscaping for site integration, assisting compliance with planning conditions and management of landscape contracts.
As part of our design capabilities we have designed landscape areas at TFM Superstore in Stableford, Shropshire and several landscape areas for buildings used by HM Courts and Tribunals Service in South Wales. At Rusholme Wind Farm we assisted our client with the discharge of planning conditions relating to landscape matters.
Expert Witness services including giving evidence at public inquiries, public hearings and written representation appeals.
We have provided expert witness evidence on a number of appeals for a range of development types including over twenty renewable energy appeals and agricultural developments.