Landscape Planning and Visual Assessment

Development Planning

The practice provides full landscape planning services for all types of development, such as, road infrastructure, industrial and business buildings, retail developments, residential areas, waste facilities, quarries and windfarms.

We offer first planning application landscape planning design, survey, design and reports in response to further information requests and compliance landscape planning services.


We work with architects and consulting engineers to create integrated SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems). We are pleased to provide landscape design services for groups of houses, new housing estates and their associated green spaces in order to try and create an attractive public realm.


Austen Associates provide full landscape and visual assessment services for all types of developments including those requiring Environmental Impact Assessments under statutory planning regulations.


What role does the landscape architect have in the Irish planning process and in the formation of environmental impact statements? Read Tim Austen’s blog post here.


We also undertake local area landscape and public realm plans including community-driven village improvement and enhancement schemes.

Planning drawings for individual dwellings and homes

The practice completes a full range of drawings for planning purposes geared towards the residential domestic home owner, where the services of a landscape architect are required.

We have successfully completed many planning applications for a range of properties in Wicklow, Dublin and around Ireland.


Services provided include layout designs for gardens and landscape areas, the development of hedging and screen planting mixes and planting to integrate any type of building or facility in to the landscape. We also provide designs for ecological landscape elements such as natural ponds and bio-remediation soil and vegetation systems.


Visual assessments and tree reports are also undertaken directly by the practice, where required.

Some examples of Landscape Planning completed by Austen Associates