Visual Impact Assessment or VIA is an important design tool which demonstrates the likely visual impact of a development proposal. It involves the preparation of detailed photomontage(s) together with a professional assessment of the visual impact. VIA has the potential to reduce, avoid or remedy any likely significant impacts and is becoming an integral part of planning and decision making process. VIA can form a subset of an Environmental Impact Assessment. VIA often includes recommendations for suitable mitigation measures, where appropriate, to assimilate the development proposal into its environment. This office has prepared a number of successful VIA’s in partnership with Visual Lab Ltd. for a range of development proposals from one off houses to secondary schools located in sensitive landscapes. All photomontages are highly accurate and photo-realistic and more than satisfy the requirements of the planning authority.