Stephenson Halliday prepared the Landscape and Visual impact Assessment (LVIA) for the proposal to extend and progressively restore the operational Kirkby Slate Quarry.
The site is located immediately adjacent to the southern edge of the Lake District National Park east of the Duddon Estuary near Kirkby-in-Furness. Out to a 7km radius from the existing quarry and the proposal the LVIA assessed the likely significant landscape and visual effects of the proposal during the operational phases and post restoration (residual), with reference to mitigation and enhancement measures which were developed during the planning and quarry working scheme design process.
There was regular communication with Cumbria County Council and informal approval received regarding the scope of the photomontages and visualisations to be included. The LVIA was undertaken in accordance with the established methodology and guidance. The key value of the LVIA which contributed to the success of the application was the initial analysis from a landscape and visual perspective, undertaken at the outset. This informed the working scheme design, current and future mitigation requirements; and the feasible enhancements to the currently permitted final restoration.