Look at the bigger picture, says landscape architect

By Emma Christie

Published: 17/10/2008

A landscape architect refused yesterday to give his view on the acceptability of long-term landscape damage caused by parts of the proposed Aberdeen bypass’s southern leg.

Mark Lancaster, of Jacobs Engineering UK, said his role was to make an objective assessment of the “unavoidable” effects of the road project. He stressed any adverse impacts must be set against “the bigger picture” of the scheme.

Mr Lancaster admitted in his evidence to the public local inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route that the Dee valley would suffer “severe” lasting effects – even with mitigation such as planting. He also revealed 436 buildings and 137 outdoor areas would be affected by “significant adverse impacts” 15 years after the road opened, despite the provision of protection such as planting and noise barriers.

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