The Landscape Institute teamed up several groups and sponsors to produce the third edition of Guidelines for Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment, with principles for assessing the landscape and visual impact of proposed buildings.
Landscape and visual impact assessments could hold the key to planning decisions by weighing up the effects of new developments on views, said the institute. It worked on the guide with the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
The document, sponsored by English Heritage, Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural Resources Wales, also covers cumulative effects and updated guidance.
Publisher Routledge said the book by Carys Swanwick was written by professionals for professionals. Landscape Institute president Sue Illman said it would play a crucial role for those concerned with changes to the landscape and the impact of proposed developments.