LISW AGM & CPD Day April 25th 2018 – ‘Assessing Place’

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LISW AGM & CPD Day 2018


Dear Members,


We are pleased to announce details of our upcoming CPD Day for 2018. This is always a great opportunity to meet up with fellow south west branch members and hear about projects within the south west region. Our AGM will be held after lunch – this is free to attend if you are not joining us for the CPD Day (please let us know in advance at if you plan to attend only the AGM so that we can make seating arrangements).  We look forward to seeing you there.



Assessing Place: 

How Character Influences Decision Making & Design



Image Credit: Sally Marshall, LUC
Wednesday April 25th,

9.30am – 4pm


Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BS4 3EH


Members £45   Non-Members £55   Students £25



This year’s LISW AGM and CPD Day considers how character assessment is applied in practice and used to inform decision making in planning and design. Speakers from varied areas of practice, including highways, forestry and urban design, will look at good practice from case studies across the south west and beyond, demonstrating that planning our environment is most successful when based on a sound assessment of the landscape context.

We will also take the opportunity to consider LI Technical Guidance in landscape character assessment, townscape character assessment, photography and photomontage, and look ahead to potential upcoming reviews of some of this guidance. Workshops will take place in the afternoon focussing on townscape character, photography and photomontage.


Speakers and Topics:

·      Christine Tudor, Natural England – Introduction to the practical applications of landscape character assessment in decision making, including a review of current and upcoming technical guidance.

·      Tony Sangwine, Highways Agency – Setting highways within the landscape, looking at landscape character and highway design.

·      Sally Marshall, LUC – Landscape and seascape character assessment, sensitivity and capacity studies, using examples from Plymouth, Dartmoor National Park and further afield.

·      Richard Hellier, Forestry Commission – The importance of forestry and woodland design and management responding to landscape character.

·      Ian Houlston, LDA – Workshop on Townscape Character Assessment, including a review of the updated LI Technical Guidance published in 2017

·      Mike Spence, MSEnvironmental – Workshop on Photomontage ‘Getting it Right Every Time’, including a discussion informing the current review of LI Technical Guidance on photography and photomontage.

·      Chris Hale, Nicholas Pearson Associates – Proportionality in Visualisation and use of Photomontage, including consideration of the LI Techincal Guidance issued in 2017.



Image Credit: Sally Marshall, LUC




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