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LI Webinar: GLVIA Misconceptions and Best Practice


Gain access to the panel’s individual insights into some of the current challenges for LVIA, better understand how to produce LVIAs which meet the needs of those who review them, and learn about the membership and workings of the LI’s GLVIA Panel.

Carly Tinkler, Jon Rooney, Mary O’Connor, Melanie Croll, Chris Bolton

Carly Tinkler, Chartered Landscape Professional

Carly is a freelance practitioner with 40 years' experience in landscape, environmental and colour assessment, planning, masterplanning and design. She has worked on high-profile projects in the UK and overseas alongside architects such as Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. Schemes include Monaco off-shore extension and a £26 billion eco-resort in Montenegro. Carly was a contributor to GLVIA1, and is a member of LI and NE working groups.


Jon Rooney, Technical Director, AECOM

Jon specialises in the planning, design and management of major infrastructure. Key projects include the Landscape Design Approach and independently assessing plant stock for HS2, delivery and aftercare of flood alleviation schemes for the Environment Agency and preparation of a Sustainability Design Guide for Network Rail. Jon’s experience also includes overseeing the preparation of 26 LVIAs for HS2 Phase 1 and TVIAs for high-profile urban regeneration schemes across London, including the Stratford Waterfront development within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


Mary O’Connor, Chartered Landscape Architect

Mary O’Connor specialises in landscape planning, landscape and visual impact assessment, and expert witness at public inquiries, with experience in residential, industrial, minerals and waste, and renewable energy projects, advising both developers and planning authorities. She was a member of the Advisory Panel for the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, 2010 to 2020, and is currently active with her local Wales Branch and LI Advisory Council. She is the LI’s representative on the National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision, aimed at mitigating adverse effects of energy infrastructure on national parks and AONBs. 


Melanie Croll, County Landscape Officer, Devon County Council 

Melanie Croll provides specialist landscape advice to county planners. She chairs the Devon Landscape Policy Group, a forum comprising officers from Devon’s planning authorities, 5 AONBs and 2 National Parks, and Natural England. Melanie is a public sector representative on the Landscape Institute’s GLVIA Advisory Panel, reporting to its Technical Committee. She has provided advice to the Landscape Institute’s Technical Guidance Note on the Visual Representation of Development Proposals, and to Natural England on their ‘Approach to Landscape Sensitivity Assessment’.   


Chris Bolton, Principal Specialist for Landscape, Natural England

Chris Bolton is a member of the LI GLVIA Panel and has experience in landscape planning and management, agri-environment schemes, development management casework, river and waterway conservation and historic landscapes. He is currently building the evidence base to monitor how and why England’s landscapes are changing, linked to development of the Defra 25 Year Environment Plan indicators.

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