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Landscape Character Assessment in Scotland

Learn out about Scotland’s national Landscape Character Assessment coverage.

Between 1994 and 1999, Scottish Natural Heritage commissioned, in partnership with others, a series of 30 regional LCA studies . Together, these identified, mapped and described the landscape character of all of Scotland (mostly at a scale of 1:50,000).

Each study typically covered a local authority area, and provided the landscape foundation for natural heritage and planning policymaking. The studies have been used widely in the development planning system.

Since the studies were produced there have been:

  • significant advances in digital technology
  • additional complementary datasets produced e.g. Historic Landuse Assessment
  • changes in development patterns and pressures.

In response to those changes we have reviewed Scotland’s 1990s LCAs at the level of Landscape Character Type (LCT) – i.e. an area of consistent and recognisable landscape character.  Building on the original LCA studies, a single dataset has been created which can be viewed within the Scottish Landscape Character Types Map and Descriptions.  This has made the information easier to access and the mapping much clearer. More detail on how we carried out the review is available within the LCA Introduction and Review Methodology document.

Find out more

Overview of Scotland’s National Programme of Landscape Character Assessment: SNH Commissioned Report No. 29
Landscape Character Vignettes: SNH Commissioned Report No. F99NB07

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