GUIDELINES

VERIFIED VIEWS

The purpose of a Verified View is to, impartially represent the proposed development, as it would appear in reality using a baseline of verifiable visual data and information.  A Verified View combines photographic views with accurate CAD 3-D representation of the proposals to an agreed level of detail. This verifiable image, using quantifiable data, can then be used by others to scrutinise the work, if required, without its veracity being questioned.

Commonly used in planning, the aim of a verified view is to impartially represent the proposed development as it would appear in reality.

Verified Views are also referred to as:

  • Visually Verifiable Montages (VVMs)
  • Verified Visual Image (VVIs)
  • Accurate Visual Representation (AVR)

Guidelines

The methodology we use accords with the following guidance documents where appropriate:


  • The Third Edition of the good practice Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment 2013; produced by the Landscape Institute and Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
  • Photography and photomontage in landscape and visual impact assessment Landscape Institute Advice Note 01/11. March 2011.
  • Visual representation of development proposals Landscape Institute Technical Guidance Note 02/17 (31 March 2017)
  • London View Management Framework Supplementary Planning Guidance: Appendix C: Accurate Visual Representations. March 2012.
  • Scottish Natural Heritage, Visual Representation of Wind Farms Version, 2.2 February 2017
  • Scottish Natural Heritage Guidance Version 2, June 2014 (A1323094); Assessing the impact of small-scale wind energy proposals on the natural heritage

Levels of Detail

When producing architectural VVMs a series of options are available to aid design and planning decisions according to the level of detail required. To assist agreement between all parties prior to AVR preparation, the following classification types are presented to broadly define the purpose of an AVR in terms of the visual properties it represents.

This classification is a cumulative scale in which each level incorporates all the properties of the previous level.
(Derived from the London View Management Framework Supplementary Planning Guidance: Appendix C: Accurate Visual Representations. March 2012)

AVR level 0

Location and size of proposal

AVR level 1

Location, size and degree of visibility of proposal

AVR level 2

As level 1 + description of architectural form

AVR level 3

As level 2 + use of materials