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Landscape Character Assessment 2007

Accessing the online character information

Online interactive landscape character assessment mapping

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Accessing the Cornwall Landscape Character Best Practice Guidance


Using the website you will be able to:

  • Identify any location within Cornwall and see information about landscape character, including the historic and natural environment.
  • See what are some of the main changes taking place in the landscape and obtain landscape guidance and management advice as well as planning advice.
  • Look at local geographical information.
  • The 2007 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Landscape Assessment updates England's first county wide landscape assessment produced in 1994, and provides an evidence base for future landscape policies and strategies for Cornwall.

  • Cornwall's unique landscapes, and rich diversity of heritage and natural assets are described in a serise of 40 Character Areas which cover Cornwall, and help you to better understand how the landscape around us has been formed, influenced and changed over time. The Character Areas also provide guidance on how we can look after the unique character of Cornwall making sure the landscape asset is available for future generations to enjoy.
  • This assessment was prepared through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Landscape Study carried out between 2005 and 2007. The Study identified 40 landscape Character Areas within Cornwall (5 for the Isles of Scilly) based on their component Landscape Descriptions Units. By clicking on the link above you can access descriptions about each Character Area which bring together information about the natural, historic and visual environment as well as giving advice about planning and land management guidelines. Additional information at the more local scale is also available for the Landscape Description Units

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been divided up into 40 areas which share similar landscape characteristics. These areas represent the next scale down from the large national areas and give us an overview of how landscapes change across the county and the Isles of Scilly. The character areas have been constructed by amalgamating Landscape description units with shared characteristics

Landscape character areas map 

Landscape description units are the building blocks of this study and form the base unit for the construction of the character areas. The areas have been mapped using nationally available information on physiographic, ground type, land cover and cultural pattern. Local data on biodiversity and the historic landscape will be added to the Landscape Descriptions Units descriptions to give further local detailing. Landscape Descriptions Units are the smallest unit in the study, although their sizes vary depending on the uniformity of the landscape in a given place.

Landscape description units map