Consultation on the draft Core Strategy has highlighted the concerns of local communities regarding the impact of development at Blandford and Shaftesbury on the landscape. With this in mind the Council employed, a senior landscape officer at Dorset County Council (DCC) to undertake a landscape impact assessment of the potential housing sites adjoining Blandford and Shaftesbury, as identified in the District Council's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).
Each site was assessed using the same methodology, which was agreed in discussion with both AONB teams. The main outputs from the assessment are a series of assessment sheets.
The assessment is essentially a survey where a number of different sites have been examined against the same criteria. It does not seek to rank the sites according to their landscape value or, in itself, make judgements about the suitability of sites for development. However, it does provide consistent data that will help to inform such judgements.