A group of nine organisations under Scottish Environment LINK is trying again to put pressure on Government to change planning laws.
In an article about this in The Herald on 5th June, Scottish Land & Estates said:
"The issue of hill tracks as permitted development was the subject of a full Consultation by the Scottish Government less than a year ago. The Minister with responsibility for Planning made a clear decision in the earlier part of this year confirming that hill tracks were a very necessary part of rural land management and that more planning control was not required. All interested parties had the opportunity to make their case at the time, including Environment LINK and they did. It is disappointing that this is being raised again by these organisations following such a full and considered airing”.
Hill tracks provide farmers, gamekeepers, deer managers and other land mangers vital access to undertake their land management activities and at the same time provide valuable recreational access for hill walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders not to mention effective and timely access for fighting wildfires and for mountain rescue operations. At the time of the Consultation Scottish Land & Estates recognised legitimate concerns over hill roads in the most sensitive areas and called for all parties to work together to promote existing official guidance on best practice for the construction of tracks in the Scottish Uplands which is produced by SNH.