The East of England Landscape Sensitivity Analysis and Recommendations sets out a straightforward method by which decision makers can identify the impact of such change across the East of England (sensitivity analysis) and positively focus change through appropriate design and management.
Our landscape is neither natural nor static. It is the product of a myriad of planning, design and management processes, activities and ideas. Change is therefore a fundamental characteristic of the landscape. Change is not necessarily negative and a methodology must seek to understand change in context and manage accordingly, recognising opportunities to create new character, rather than preserving the status quo or restoring previous landscape character.
Landscape change can encompass a myriad of scenarios and factors. For this analysis, the emphasis was on types of change which have specific resonance for the East of England. These include:
- Growth: the emerging work then being undertaken in the context of the Growth Areas and Growth Points/New Growth Points agenda in relation to housing scenarios for the East of England Plan Review and Integrated Sustainability Appraisal/related work such as the Regional Scale Settlement Study;
- Infrastructure associated with growth, such as transport corridors and highway schemes;
- Climate change predictions;
- Renewable energy proposals;
- Other forms of change associated with land management e.g. agricultural change.