Who uses the DLCA and why?14 June 2016
The DLCA can be used in many situations, for example in preparing development plans, designing and assessing the impacts of new development, managing protected landscapes and the wider countryside, targeting and monitoring landscape change, and helping local communities to plan for change at neighbourhood level. In future it may also inform the development of seascape assessments to assist with the preparation of Marine Plans.
The DLCA is a useful tool for informing and engaging stakeholders in sustainable development. It can serve as a framework for decision-making that respects landscape character and local distinctiveness. In Devon this is particularly important as the County designation of ‘Areas of Great Landscape Value’ is planned to be phased out.
The LCA is important for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) – the first international convention on landscape, dedicated exclusively to the protection, management and planning of all landscapes in Europe. The LCA provides a method to identify and assess landscapes and a framework for developing landscape quality objectives in partnership with stakeholders – all specific measures of the ELC.