LINK believe that the commitment by the Scottish Executive in the Partnership Agreement to legislate to introduce SEA across the range of all new strategies, plans and programmes developed by the public sector in Scotland has the potential to bring environmental consequences to the heart of decision-making, thereby helping to secure a more sustainable environment … Read More »
A response to the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) consultation on Scotland’s Future Landscapes. LINK agrees with the integrative approach suggested within this paper, but emphasises that the European Landscape Convention must underpin all future policies and strategies in Scotland if landscape is not to remain very much undervalued as at present. An effective strategy for … Read More »
Response to the Forestry Commission Scotland consultation on review of the land they manage.
Woodland Taskforce response to the Forestry Commission consultation on refining the Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme (SFSG)
A number of the key technical issues and mechanisms in the Bill lead to an unbalanced approach and depart, significantly, from the consensus proposals worked out through long negotiation by the Access Forum, and substantially endorsed by Scottish Natural Heritage. The Bill, as it stands, with its proposals for ad hoc suspension of the right of … Read More »
LINK members have three particular concerns about the draft legislation, which they believe run contrary to its aspirations, could represent a diminishment of the existing rights of access, and appear contrary to the founding principles of the Scottish Parliament.
LINK members welcome the White Paper as a first step in the Land Reform process and look forward to further legislation in order to achieve the goal of land reform as set down in the consultation paper, Recommendations for Action – namely "to remove the land-based barriers to the sustainable development of rural communities". THis … Read More »