Glencoe, an iconic Highland landscape Photo James Fenton
considerations to feature in the Planning Bill currently plodding its way through our parliamentary processes.
We plan to post future progress updates on the work of the SLA on the SWLG website, so do keep an eye on that.
However, once the Bill has been debated at Stage 3 in mid-June, the resulting Act will be followed by new versions of Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) and the National Performance Framework 4 (NPF4). There is some reference to Wild Land Areas in the current documents but we must at least ensure this is still the case in the new documents, and reject any dilution – and we may look to our new allies to support us in this.
It is of course early days, and it will be important to avoid becoming a mere ‘talking shop’ but we are optimistic that the partnerships and interests involved, whether professional or voluntary, can work together: to build relationships and networks which achieve positive outcomes in the public interest and to enhance the value and role attributed to landscapes.
It will be important to avoid the Alliance becoming a mere ‘talking shop’