Kate Ahern

Director, Landscape Planning
Estuary dweller


Kate has over 35 years' experience in strategic landscape planning. She advises statutory agencies including Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, and NatureScot, as well as local planning authorities and charities including the National Trust and CPRE.

Kate helped develop the Landscape Character Assessment Guidance, and prepared guidelines on implementing the European Landscape Convention.  She is an expert in landscape sensitivity and capacity assessment, helping local planning authorities with their landscape evidence base. She also leads on assessing landscapes for designation, having contributed to the original methodology. 

Additionally, Kate advises on the landscape and visual impact of major infrastructure projects, leading the responses from statutory agencies on landscape and visual effects.