Landscape Character Assessment

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Landscape Character Study

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Over the last 10 years Cornwall has blazed the trail for landscape assessment in England, producing the first County wide landscape assessment in 1994. This 2007 Study updates the 1994 work and is the the first stage in developing an evidence base for future landscape policy and landscape strategies in Cornwall.

The map provides information about the Landscape Character Areas of Cornwall and advice to help you understand better how the landscape around us has been formed, influenced and changed over time.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are made up of a range of diverse landscapes with a rich diversity of heritage and natural assets. This information can help you to see how your actions affect the landscape around you and what you can do to help look after the unique character of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Landscape Study was carried out between 2005 and 2007.

The Study identified 40 Landscape Character Areas within Cornwall and 5 for the Isles of Scilly based on their component Landscape Descriptions Units. By going to the Map you can access descriptions about each Landscape Character Area which bring together information about the natural, historic and visual environment as well as giving advice about planning and land management guidelines. Additional information at the more local scale is also available for the Landscape Description Units.

This resource will continue to be developed through public consultation and further data analysis. The work will have a variety of applications but in particular it will provide an important evidence base for the future Local Development Framework for Cornwall which is being developed through the Local Government Review process.

(Please note that at this stage the work for the Isles of Scilly has not been completed and therefore the Landscape Description Unit Profiles and Landscape Character Area Descriptions for the Isles of Scilly are not yet available).

2008 Public Consultation Report