Landscape Character is defined as ‘a distinct, recognisable and consistent pattern of elements in the landscape that makes one landscape different from another, rather than better or worse’.
Landscape Character Assessment is a tool to identify what makes a place unique. Further assessment on the sensitivity of a landscape identifies how suitable it is to accommodate development. Assessment on capacity identifies what type of development may be appropriate. By paying proper regard to the character of a place, its sensitivity and capacity, we can ensure that future development is well situated, sensitive to its location and contributes to environmental, social and economic objectives.
A set of guidelines is provided for each area that will help to guide appropriate development within the Character Area. Where Character Areas extend outside of North Hertfordshire, the guidelines only apply to land within North Hertfordshire.
North Hertfordshire Landscape Study (Character, Sensitivity and Capacity) is a large file and so has been split into a number of smaller files for ease of use.