Landscape Character Assessment

This involves identification of those features or combinations of elements that contribute to the character of the landscape, thereby enabling the special character and qualities of an area to be understood.

This information allows reasoned consideration of those issues affecting the landscape in order to develop appropriate recommendations for its future conservation and management .

Landscape character assessment can make a valuable contribution to the formation of planning policies, to the allocation of land for development, to development control activities, and to processes such as environmental assessment.

The Winchester District Landscape Character Assessment was adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance and published in March 2004 and can be viewed below. Because of their size, both the Main Document and Appendices have been split into sections. This should make them easier and quicker to download and view.

For more general information on landscape character assessments visit Natural England's website: