Publication: Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan

Pre-Submission City Plan

Policy E1: Landscape character and sensitivity


Development proposals in areas of Gloucester outside of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) Landscape Characterisation and Sensitivity Analysis (supporting JCS Policy SD6) will be judged on their own merits. Applicants will be expected to adopt a balanced approach, providing for housing, employment and/or other needs whilst seeking to protect and enhance features of the local landscape which contribute to a sense of environmental quality and local distinctiveness.

Trees, hedgerows and areas of green (not otherwise protected) but which contribute to local landscape character should, where at all possible, be retained and utilised to enhance development. Applications should make clear how retained features will be effectively managed and maintained in the future.

For majordevelopment proposals,a Landscape Visual Impact Assessment will be required where it is considered that the local landscape is particularly sensitive.

3.5.5 This policy has clear links to JCS Policy SD6 Landscape and the associated evidence base namely the report: Landscape Characterisation Assessment and Sensitivity Analysis. This evidence focused the sensitivity analysis on the fringes of the city but excluded those within the urban area.

3.5.6 This policy is focused on development sites in their wider landscape context; it's focus is on the wider setting, character and sensitivity which can be important even when assessing small schemes.