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Landscape Assessment

Bridgend County Borough Council linked up with neighbouring Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taff in 1999 to develop a Landscape Assessment.  The project used the Countryside Council for Wales / Wales Landscape Partnership Group LANDMAP methodology, an innovative methodology of landscape assessment, which identifies three broad categories of information, that together form the basis of the exercise:

Contextual Information

Data concerned with the form and function of the landscape, such as land uses, to which no value judgement is applied.

Aspect Area Information

Information gathered, assessed and evaluated in terms of the following specific landscape elements:

  • Visual and Sensory
  • Biodiversity
  • Earth Science
  • History and Archaeology
  • Culture

Additional Information

This includes other sources of information, such as existing strategies and initiatives together with findings from public perception study.

This LANDMAP methodology allows the landscape to be assessed against common data sets and criteria, thus facilitating comparison between areas on an all-Wales basis.  A key component in the LANDMAP methodology is the inputs and guidance provided by the Local Steering Group.  Membership is drawn from a range of bodies and organisations, and included the client unitary authorities, neighbouring authorities, CCW, Welsh Development Agency, Forestry Commission, National Assembly for Wales Agricultural Department, Environment Agency Wales, Glamorgan Wildlife Trust and Groundwork Trusts, among others.

A feature of the Landscape Assessment is the establishment of the network of Landscape Character Areas.  These are discrete parts of the study area, and provide the framework around which landscape policy and management decisions can be made.  Further supplementary outputs have been provided in the form of a review and reassessment of existing landscape design guidance, which was developed as part of the WDA's Landscapes Working for Wales programme in the mid-1990s.   Findings of the landscape strategy have also been applied to a number of pilot projects, addressing different landscape issues.

The assessment provides a snapshot of the landscape of Bridgend, Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taff in 1999-2000, and the nature of the methodology and level of survey results provides a relatively broad assessment.  However, the storing of survey data in a Geographical Information System format allows information to be added or amended over time.  So this assessment is not a once and for all statement about the landscape of the study area, since a process of monitoring, evaluation and amendments needs to be undertaken, using the flexibility provided by GIS data storage.

Local newsletter about the Bridgend, Caerphilly abd Rhondda Cynon Taf Landmap Project

Further information about the LANDMAP project in Bridgend is available from the Conservation and Environmental Policy Section of the Planning Department, telephone 643170.

Last Updated: 06/07/2016
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