The assessment of seascape and landscape focuses on the potential visual impacts of a project. The effects of development on views both onshore and offshore must be taken into consideration, particularly if the proposed development is within close proximity to a designated area e.g. an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Landscape of Special Historic Interest.
Potential impacts considered include: alteration of seascape/landscape character, a change in views and effects on tranquillity.
Viewpoint analysis can be undertaken where the views from set locations around a project are analysed. This is informed by site surveys and photography, and supported by photomontages (computer rendered images of the project superimposed onto existing photographs and representing the likely appearance of the Project).