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GLVIA training event in Manchester: book now for earlybird tickets

The Landscape Institute is offering a series of regional training events on the new version of the guidance to help practitioners and others to understand the changes.

Book now to attend the GLVIA training event taking place in Manchester on 27 January 2015.

The sessions are aimed at practitioners wishing to learn about LVIA for the first time or who want to update their LVIA knowledge and understanding. The focus will be on the step-wise process of assessment and will address landscape and visual effects and approaches to cumulative effects assessment.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand more about the role of landscape and visual impact assessment within EIA and as a stand-alone process
  • Have developed an improved understanding of the approach to assessing the significance of effects and greater confidence in its application
  • Have explored, through group exercise and discussion, the process of assessment of significance, focusing on the contributory elements: value/susceptibility/sensitivity; scale/extent/duration/magnitude, and degree of effect
  • Have had the opportunity to ask questions about the Guidelines and methodology, and to share ideas and thoughts with others

The training leaders:

Both Leaders will be present at each training event and additional GLVIA experienced facilitators will be in attendance for the group exercise

Professor Carys Swanwick

Carys spent 23 years in practice with Land Use Consultants and has been practically involved in EIA and LVIA through that work.  She is particularly associated with the development of Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and wrote the widely used 2002 guidance on LCA for England and Scotland and has run many training events on the approach.  She became Head of the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield in 1995 and since then has introduced seventeen generations of students to the principles and practice of LVIA as well as to other landscape planning tools, including LCA.  Carys was appointed as the writer of the third edition of the LVIA guidelines and has worked with the advisory panel, including Mary, and with the support of Landscape Institute staff, to produce the final published version.

Mary O’Connor CMLI

Mary is an Associate Director at WYG and has been working there since the mid-1990s.  She was a member of the LI Advisory Panel that guided the production of the 3rd edition of the LVIA Guidance and had previously been a member of the working group that produced the 2nd edition.  She has carried out LVIA for different kinds of development: residential, commercial, industrial, minerals, wind farms, gas fired electricity generation, transmission infrastructure, highways, etc. and has come to understand that, while the principles of LVIA are constant, each form of development poses its own challenges. Mary has given evidence to public inquiries into different forms of development and, through her extensive experience, has come to regard precision in use of terminology as of fundamental importance.

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