Research and analysis

Alternative approaches to assessing the aesthetic quality of the environment

This project aimed to investigate the essentially subjective features of landscape, litter and noise, which influence our broad enjoyment of the environment.


Technical Summary - Alternative Approaches to Assessing the Aesthetic Quality of the Environment

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The Environment Agency has a duty under the Environment Act (1995) to compile information to enable it “to form an opinion of the general state of pollution of the environment.” The Agency set out its strategy for developing a national environmental monitoring framework in its consultation document “Viewpoints on the Environment.” This publication recognises that in addition to the traditional means of measuring specific environment quality attributes, the general public is often more concerned with the more subjective and aesthetic aspects of environmental quality.

Published 1 January 2000