Scottish Environment LINK give Evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee as they look at the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s 2008 report on Scotland’s hills and islands.
Comments on the proposed updating of National Scenic Areas, through amendment of the Planning, etc (Scotland) Bill. Many of the critical land use changes which can affect landscape do not require planning permission. It is essential, therefore, to achieve the stated aims of NSAs, that an integrated management approach is taken which includes consideration of … Read More »
LINK members are broadly supportive of Government objectives to simplify the planning system but believe the proposed changes outlined in this consultation will not fully address our concerns, nor support Scottish Government responsibilities towards caring for and protecting both the natural and historic environment. Hill tracks play an important role in modern land management; however … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill. This bill covers a wide range of areas including; deer, game law, invasive non-native species, species licensing, snaring, badgers, muirburn and SSSI and protected area revisions. LINK also believes that this Bill allows the opportunity to look at legisaltion … Read More »
We welcome the statements for the vision of Scotland in 2030 that identify important aspects of landscape and wild land, and for greening the environment through “Green Networks” for wildlife and people. High quality natural environments not only benefit biodiversity but improve people’s quality of life and encourage inward investment, thereby increasing sustainable economic growth. … Read More »
It is important that SPP6 links explicitly to complementary strategies, policies and targets for reducing demand and enhancing energy efficiency, since the current trend of increasing demand is otherwise likely to undermine progress to be achieved by renewables. We welcome the policy’s recognition of the potential range of renewable technologies and support the proposal to … Read More »
A response to the Scottish Executive consultation on national scenic areas; Enhancing our Care of Scotland’s Landscapes Scotland’s precious landscapes face unprecedented threats. It is critical that this re-consideration of National Scenic Areas achieves its stated aims – as there will be no second chance.
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 »
Scottish Environment LINK’s Landscape Task Force letter to Rhona Brankin, Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development.
Following the passing of Scotland’s historic Land Reform Act, wild landscapes have a renewed place in the nation’s thinking. The strengthening of access rights should provide a stronger bond between the people of Scotland and our wilder places making them more attractive to more people. Consequently Scotland needs to take the next step in securing … Read More »
Our surroundings affects the quality of life, both positively and negatively, of all Scots whether living adjacent to the finest beach, mountain, edge of town country park, area planned by a 19th century draughtsman or living in a small village surrounded by quarries or landfill sites. The unique diversity of our landscape inheritance whether natural … Read More »
Landscape Taskforce letter to Scottish Government about SNH Windfarm Visualisation Guidance, March 2014. Visualisation methodology letter to SG March 2014
Letter from the Joint UK Links to UK First Ministers and Prime Minister regarding the European Landscape Convention."We, the undersigned individuals and organisations, are committed to the intent and Articles of the European Landscape Convention. We call on the UK Government, WelshAssembly Government, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Assembly to respond to this letter by re-affi … Read More »
We at LINK were much encouraged by the cross-party support in the debate in Parliament on 4 November about the future of national parks in Scotland. The government’s decision to set up a Strategy Group to look at, inter alia, the boundaries of the existing national parks and the potential for future national parks across … Read More »