As part of our application, we conducted a ‘Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) which included a review of existing contextual landscape character assessments.
The Bletchingly well sites lie within an area of mixed farmland with Bletchingley Central being enclosed by mature woodland and hedgerows, and Bletchingley 2 is contained by topography and lines of vegetation.
The LVIA concluded that the visual impact our proposals would be minor within the local landscape and, because of the temporary nature of our plans, would not result in significant changes to the landscape character.
The assessment also found that, owing to the distance, intervening topography and woodland, there would be no landscape effects on the Surrey Hills AONB.
It was recognised that during the construction phase there would be some visual impact (for example, the workover rig would be partially visible from viewpoints within the wider landscape). However, these impacts were deemed to be both temporary and localised were not considered to be significant. Overall, after reinstatement, the long-term visual impact is considered to be neutral.