Date: Thursday 26th November 2015
Time: Registration & Coffee at 9am
Venue: Beresford Hotel, Dublin 1
Location: see map
Outline of Seminar
With the publication of the National Landscape Strategy (NLS) in July 2015, Ireland has a valuable opportunity to enhance and expand the use of Landscape Character Assessment (LCA), –as a useful guide to strategic land-use decision-making in Ireland. We are presented with an opportunity to ensure that the new methodologies and standards are useful to planners, infrastructure developers, landscape and urban managers and those involved in heritage or tourism.
In Ireland, LCA – using a range of approaches – has informed county level development policy for strategic rural land use (renewable energy particularly), in development management, and to an extent in community led village design statements. But with no national guidelines on methodology or use of LCA, this potentially useful decision-making tool has had limited further impact or usefulness in the planning system and outside of planning.
Northern Ireland is about to launch an updated LCA which requires a response along the border counties and there are many examples across Europe of LCA being used effectively, with countries evolving methodologies to suit their particular needs . Their progress and experience can be used as a spur and support for the next stage of LCA in Ireland, now set in motion by the publication of the NLS.
So as not to repeat the mistakes of the past, this time, we need to be clear about what LCA should mean in Ireland, what will it be useful for, and how should we do it….
To this end – we will be discussing the following over the course of the seminar:
What is Landscape Character Assessment for?
At what scale/s should it be done and in what order – national, then regional, county, local? Or local and national in parallel, both informing county and regional LCA?
Who should lead/coordinate? The NLS speaks of ‘co-operation between a range of partners’ but who will take responsibility for driving the process, collating and distributing the data and outputs, ensuring consistency, and who will fund the process?
What are the next steps and the overall timeframe?
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