Fluvial Design Guide - Chapter 5

Landscape and heritage

5.7 Who to consult on landscape and heritage matters

Table 5.2 lists five groups of consultees and advisors. These are further sub-divided, because speaking with one part of a large organisation does not guarantee receiving the most appropriate information or approval of proposals. The right-hand column lists the information sources that these organisations are likely to hold and which can be useful in the fluvial design process.

Table 5.2 People and groups to be consulted

Key officer or group

Potential information/expertise

1 Environment Agency, local authorities in Scotland and the Rivers Agency in Northern Ireland

Landscape architects, archaeologists, development control officers, operations managers, fishery managers, recreation officers and biodiversity officer

  • Environment Agency’s Landscape and environmental design guidelines
  • River corridor survey
  • Habitat surveys
  • Operational programmes
  • Fishing and other recreational use of the river

2 Local planning authorities (including county councils where existing)

Development control officer, landscape architect, archaeologist, conservation officer, arboricultural officer, ecological officer, rights of way officer, access officer, health and sports development officers, highway officers and environmental health staff

  • Local plan or equivalent information
  • Supplementary planning guidance (usually referred to as SPGs)
  • Conservation area management plan
  • Tree Preservation Order schedule
  • Definitive plan of public rights of way
  • Urban design guides
  • Heritage assets database (SMR)
  • Environmental baseline data
  • Traffic requirements
  • Environmental restrictions to the type of work undertaken

3 Statutory organisations including the Environment Agency, Rivers Agency, Cadw, English Heritage, Natural England, Countryside Council for Wales, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage and statutory undertakers including ports and harbour authorities

Landscape officers, archaeologists, heritage experts, biodiversity officers, education officers, managers of specific sites, plant managers of statutory undertakers

  • Access to policy documents
  • Experienced advice
  • Pre-negotiation on applications that may affect designated landscapes, historic buildings or archaeological assets

4 Specialist interest groups that typically promote a single issue

These groups include Commission for the Built Environment (CABE), RSPB, Civic Trusts, Fieldfare Trust (better access to outdoor areas for mobility-affected people), River Restoration Group, County Wildlife Trusts and river trusts, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales and Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland. Parish, town councils and community councils in Wales are added to this list, as they promote the varied interests of a particular, geographically defined place.

Specific information on their specialist subject. Larger organisations such as the RSPB, CABE and the Fieldfare Trust publish valuable guidebooks to the creation of specific habitats or better access arrangements. These organisations are valuable consultees that contain interested and informed individuals.

5 The general public within the local community potentially affected by the river works

Affected residents and landowners, local people, community leaders, schools and recreational users of a potential site

Allows works to be described accurately, their impacts discussed and likely timescales to be explained. If such consultation is not undertaken, ignorance of the work can lead to misunderstandings and initial perceptions that are difficult to change.

 

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