Scottish Land & Estates comment in response to Ramblers Association Press Release
Douglas McAdam, CEO of Scottish Land & Estates which represents 2,500 landowners and managers across Scotland 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. Derek Mackay, 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.
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 the existing official guidance “Constructed Tracks in the Uplands” which has recently been update and relaunched by SNH
www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/heritagemanagement/constructedtracks.pdf Scottish Land & estates urge anyone developing a private road to read this guidance.
Given that all roads look raw for a while after construction, great care will be needed by those taking and submitting photographs to LINK’s campaign to understand the landscaping work on site and how the road is likely to look in five or ten years time”.