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Landscape architects work within the Environment Team carrying out a range of work in support of the visions and objectives of the Council and Planning Services. We are also able to offer our services to other departments within the Council and to community groups and schools.

Strategic Planning

We ensure that landscape issues are represented at a strategic level by maintaining input to the Local Development Framework through all its stages. We also actively implement landscape related policies through the preparation of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) and other guidance. We published “Rural Landscapes of Bath & North East Somerset – A Landscape Character Assessment” in 2003 and followed this up with a companion Urban Landscape Character Assessment in 2004 (see Planning Policy pages).

Development Management

We are actively involved in the development management process. We provide advice on design, landscape and protection of site features, and negotiate suitable landscape enhancement schemes for many planning applications including pre-application and development team requests. We scope and assess the landscape aspects of environmental impact assessments, present landscape evidence at appeals and Public Inquiries, and ensure that landscape requirements of s.106 management agreements are fully represented.

Landscape Design

We provide advice to other Council departments on urban and rural, hard and soft landscape design.


Projects undertaken include:


Guidance for planting and establishing hedges

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