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 groups for decades. Some examples of these can be seen in our photo gallery.
A major report “Track Changes” published by the campaign group in 2013 set out in stark photographic evidence the damage that can be caused by these tracks.
In December 2014, following many years of campaigning, 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 Campaign group, assisted by a team of volunteers and the wider public, has been monitoring the implementation of the “prior notification” system. Find out how you can help here.
The LINK Hilltracks group continues to believe that full planning control is needed to bring greater measures of environmental and landscape protection and a measure of public oversight to the construction of tracks in upland areas. Monitoring of the new system will help us gather evidence to demonstrate that further legislation is needed.
You can read more about actions taken by the campaign on the tabs below.
Want to help the Campaign? see our How you can help page.
We currently have a Consultant, Mel Nicoll working on this campaign, Mel is normally available Tuesdays and/or Fridays and be contacted on our 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