An integrated landscape and seascape character assessment for Plymouth, along with a landscape sensitivity assessment for land within and surrounding the city.

Plymouth is an important regional city and economic centre within the predominantly rural county of Devon which is experiencing regeneration and continuing development. It is a historic maritime city and its naval traditions and heritage are central to its identity as Britain’s ‘Ocean City’.

The marine and estuarine habitats surrounding Plymouth are highly protected for nature conservation, whilst nationally protected landscapes surround the city. These interacting factors result in unique planning challenges for Plymouth, which this bespoke assessment seeks to address. An understanding of landscape and seascape character can help inform decisions regarding growth and change so that the area continues to be an attractive place to live and work and to help the city achieve long-term economic sustainability.

The evidence provided by this study underpins new landscape policies in the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, and is being used to influence development proposals at an early stage.