LINK Parliamentary Briefing for the Local Government and Regeneration Committee on Planning controls for Hill Tracks
Poorly constructed hilltracks which cause landscape and environmental damage have been a concern to environmental and recreation groups for decades. Some examples of these can be seen in our photo gallery. LINK members have long called for tracks to be brought fully into the planning system.
Update Sept 2018: The LINK Hilltracks subgroup has published its new report, Changing Tracks, which sets out the results of 3 years of monitoring the current system of prior notification for new or improved tracks. The report recommends removing permitted development rights from vehicle tracks which are built for agricultural purposes and requiring full planning applications for these tracks.
In December 2014, following many years of campaigning which culminated in the LINK Track Changes report published in 2013, the Scottish Government amended planning legislation so that landowners building tracks under the existing system of “permitted development rights” now have to give “prior notification” of their intentions.
Since the introduction of this requirement the subgroup, assisted by a team of volunteers and the wider public, monitored the implementation of the “prior notification” system. This new report shows the results of this monitoring. We now have an opportunity to change the law and urgently need your help to protect iconic landscapes! To lend your support to our campaign follow the link below to write to your MSP
The LINK Hilltracks subgroup believes that full planning control is needed to bring greater measures of environmental and landscape protection and also a measure of public oversight to the construction of tracks in upland areas. You can read more about actions taken by the campaign on the tabs below.
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To contact the Campaign please send us an email – hilltracks email
The Campaign is grateful for the support of the following organisations:-
- British Mountaineering Council
- Scottish Mountaineering Trust
- Scottish Environment LINK Discretionary Project Fund
- Campaign Group members
- Mountaineering Scotland and the John Muir Trust, who are not LINK members