Test Valley Borough Landscape Character Assessment

Landscape character assessments describe the landscape based on areas with similar characteristics and identify ways to help conserve and enhance them.

The Test Valley Landscape Character Assessment was updated in 2018, based on work previous undertaken in 2004, and in line with Natural England’s guidance on the preparation of these studies. The Assessment identifies twelve landscape character types (LCTs) within the Borough, which are sub-divided into landscape character areas (LCAs). A map is available from this page showing their location in addition to the Landscape Character Assessment itself.

The main report includes Borough wide information and guidelines, which should be used in conjunction with the more detailed documents on each specific landscape character type and area.

This Assessment should be read in conjunction with the national character areas and Hampshire integrated landscape assessment. In addition, for those areas that fall within either the New Forest National Park, or the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the landscape character assessments for these specific areas should be taken into account. Links to all these documents are available from this webpage.

The Council is in the process of updating the information on the website on the Test Valley Borough Landscape Character Assessment, therefore we hope to have the information available in a more interactive way soon.