Proposals that may affect the terrestrial and marine character of an area should demonstrate, in order of preference:
- that they will not adversely impact the terrestrial and marine character of an area
- how, if there are adverse impacts on the terrestrial and marine character of an area, they will minimise them
- how, where these adverse impacts on the terrestrial and marine character of an area cannot be minimised they will be mitigated against
- the case for proceeding with the proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts
- In considering the impact of a proposal on an area’s character, the public authority may wish to consider taking into account:
- existing character and quality
- how highly it is valued
- its capacity to accommodate change specific to any proposal
- In determining an area’s character, public authorities, such as those determining an application may wish to consult with the with other appropriate bodies such as Natural England and English Heritage as well as local authorities. Public authorities may also consider an area’s characterisation assessment, where one is in place.
- Proposals may wish to consider what impact they might have on an area’s landscape and marine character and may wish to include this in an assessment in a proposal.
Reproduced with permission of the Marine Management Organisation, Ordnance Survey, Natural England and UKHO.