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Verified View (VV) / Accurate Visual Representation (AVR) / Verified View Montage (VVM) / Type 4 Visualisation

A Verified View (also called an Accurate Visual Representation (AVR), Verified View Montage (VVM) or Visualisation Type 4 by the Landscape Institute) is an extremely accurate representation of a proposed development that can be independently verified by a third party. They are usually created as evidence to be used for planning applications when normal visualisations don't supply the level of accuracy required. A verified view is the most accurate visual description of a proposed site that it is possible to create (the others in levels of accuracy being napkin sketch, artist impression, mass model, visualisation and rendered image).

At its core a verified view must be able to be independently verified, this means that it must be reproducible by other competent persons following the documented process listed in the Verified View Method Statement. For this to be possible each step of the process must be documented up until the finalised visualisation.

The process for producing a verified view should follow these steps

This is a very simplified version of the verified view workflow. Once it is complete the photographer, surveyor and visualisers can supply the client with the necessary data, photographs and photomontages enabling the client to define the photomontage as a verified view. If required the method statements and evidence can be supplied to third parties allowing them to recreate the final photomontage for verification.

The photographers Methodology and Evidence statement is usually the longest as they need to provide the most information to those working further down the chain. For example my current Verified View Method Statement is provided as a PDF in A3 format and contain 3 pages of local area images, 15 pages of supporting information and 3 pages of documentation for each viewpoint.

Looking at the above list you can see how the different disciplines need to work together and provide each other with information regarding their working practices. Wherever the verified view is located, whether it be a public park, long distance path or high street the photographer and surveyor will need to be able to set up a tripod and be undisturbed for up to an hour to complete their work. This needs to be taken into consideration when choosing viewpoints for verified views as it excludes roads, pedestrian crossings, railways (illegal to trespass on anyway) and many shopping centres/privately owned public spaces. Other locations that require permission "and a separate fee" to shoot from include but is not limited to, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Overground Stations and Royal Parks.

Here are some examples of completed Verified Views

Existing & Proposed Images

The "London View Management Framework" has the following to say regarding Verified Views/AVR's.

"By accurately combining an image of a proposed development with a representation of its existing context, all AVRs explain the location and massing of a proposed development. They may also illustrate additional properties including the degree of visibility, architectural form or choice of materials selected. In their most sophisticated form they give a very useful impression of how a completed development would look in its environment under specific lighting and weather conditions. When complex AVRs are requested, more time is required and therefore costs rise. For this reason the assessors of a project should be careful to only request AVRs of a type which show the properties which need to be assessed from a specific location. To assist agreement between all parties prior to AVR preparation, the following classification types are presented to broadly define the purpose of an AVR in terms of the visual properties it represents. This classification is a cumulative scale in which each level incorporates all the properties of the previous.

AVR Level 0 : Location and size of proposal.
AVR Level 1 : Location, size and degree of visibility of proposal.
AVR Level 2 : as level 1 + description of architectural form.
AVR Level 3 : as level 2 + use of materials."

Please find below examples of the different levels of AVR.

AVR Levels

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