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Landscape Character Assessment
The North Yorkshire and York Landscape Character Assessment provides a valuable reference document for everyone with an interest in the sustainable management of the landscapes of the countryside, coast and settlements. This county level assessment, including the City of York, is intended for use as a strategic planning and land management tool.
Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) is a way of describing and understanding landscape, including the physical and human influences that have helped shape it. Cared-for local landscapes are our most important asset, essential for well-being and for an economically healthy society.
The European Landscape Convention emphasises that all landscapes are of value, not just the 'best' bits, and that 'an accessible and integrated approach is needed to shaping and managing landscape change'. The North Yorkshire and York LCA will play a key role in achieving this. It is undertaken using the well-established methodology developed in the UK by the Countryside Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage. Guidance is provided, built on an understanding of the forces for change, and the sensitivity and needs of different landscapes.
More detailed landscape character assessments at District, National Park and AONB level may also be available to provide local information and support.
Explore North Yorkshire and York's landscape character through our web pages or access the content of the full report, using the links below; you may also be interested in the North Yorkshire and Lower Tees Valley historical landscape character.
North Yorkshire and York landscape character assessment - useful links