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Mary O'Connor Associate Director - Planning

Fellow of the Landscape Institute

Mary has over 30 years’ professional expertise in the field of landscape planning and environmental impact assessment. She has particular experience in providing landscape and visual impact assessments (LVIA), green infrastructure and master planning, and design for new developments.

She advises both developers and planning authorities on landscape and visual matters and has given evidence to many public inquiries on a variety of development types. Her primary role in these is to guide the planning and design of developments so as to integrate them within their context as well as provide a rich environment and setting.

In addition to being a Fellow of the Landscape Institute (LI), Mary represents the Institute on National Grid’s Stakeholder Advisory Group for its Visual Impact Provision, which aims to remove overhead powerlines from nationally designated landscapes, and chairs the approvals panel of the Landscape Enhancement Initiative under this Provision.

Mary is WYG’s subject expert on landscape and visual impact assessments and is a member of the LI Advisory Panel that guided production of the 3rd edition of the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, having previously been a member of the working group that produced the 2nd edition. After their publication in 2013, she delivered a series of training events on LVIA and application of the guidelines for the LI, the Planning Inspectorate, Natural England and local authority officers.