Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Scottish Government consultation on the General Permitted Development Amendment Order 2012. The proposed amendments include removing permitted development rights for agricultural and forestry routes. Calls have been made by recreational interest groups for better regulation of upland hill routes, particularly in remote areas that they see as being of 'wild land' character. The current proposal however is for the creation, development and, in some instances, maintenance of all private roads and ways across Scotland to require a full planning application.
Scottish Land & Estates believes this is a disproportionate response. Read more...
This is of particular concern to grouse moors and our thanks to those moorland owners who responded directly to the consultation. The Government will consider all the submissions over the next few months.
In the meantime Scottish Land & Estates will be inviting the Planning Minister out onto an estate, and will also be working up more detail on the alternative proposals put forward in the Scottish Land & Estates submission.