Landscape

The importance of Monmouthshire ’s landscape is reflected in its wealth of designations:

· The Brecon Beacons National Park.

· Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

· Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site ( BILWHS)

Historic Landscape designations – Gwent Levels, Lower Wye Valley and Clydach Gorge.

Together with a range of international and national nature conservation designations and a wealth of Historic Parks and Gardens, Conservation areas and historic towns, villages and individual buildings and archaeological designations. Areas outside these designated landscapes are also rich in features of natural and cultural significance.

It is essential that the whole landscape is understood and valued when considering planning, design and management issues. To aid this process the council has developed:

· Landscape Character Assessment LCA SPG due to be published in 2020. The assessment is underpinned by the LANDMAP the Welsh baseline evidence tool to help sustainable decision-making and natural resource planning.

· Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity Assessment 2009/10 (due to be updated as part of the LDP review process).