Planning Guidance for the Natural Environment

Landscape and Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The council's Landscape and Biodiversity SPD was adopted on 24 June 2008 and supports a number of policies in the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan 2011-2029, including EM1, EM2, EM4, EM5 and EM10. The main aims of the guidance are to:

  • ensure that new developments respect the character of the local landscape, successfully incorporate features of landscape importance and, where appropriate, include the creation of a high-quality functional landscape within the sites
  • ensure that new developments avoid causing harm to important wildlife habitats and species that are under threat
  • encourage the incorporation of features into new developments to sustain and enhance wildlife.

A copy of the Landscape and Biodiversity SPD can be downloaded below.

Countryside Design Summary (CDS)

The Basingstoke and Deane Countryside Design Summary explains the design relationship between the borough’s landscape, settlement patterns and buildings.  It provides design criteria against which any future development can be assessed and aims to ensure that careful consideration is given to the way in which new development will relate to its surroundings.  The CDS now forms part of the council’s Design and Sustainability SPD (Appendix 14).

You can download a copy of the Countryside Design Summary.

Landscape Assessment

The Landscape Assessment Main Report was adopted by the council in July 2001.

The assessment was carried out in accordance with the Countryside Agency's national guidance on landscape assessment. This gives more emphasis to the protection of landscape character and features that make one landscape different from another, rather than better or worse. A fully integrated approach to landscape assessment was undertaken, drawing together historic, ecological and landscape elements into the characterisation process.

The assessment provides the basis for responses to development proposals affecting the landscape of the borough and assists the council and other bodies involved in making decisions affecting the future of the landscape. It also provided the basis for the preparation of the Countryside Design Summary and a starting point for Village Design Statements.

The Basingstoke and Deane Landscape Assessment can be downloaded below.

Further information

For more information please email, phone 01256 844844 or write to:

Community Services
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices
London Road
RG21 4AH

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