Keep it Wild - take action!Published: 28th March 2018
Write to or email your MSPs and/or Scotland's Planning Minister about the need to save Scotland's Wild Land.
- If you live in Scotland - write to your MSPs (both constituency and regional). The Local Government & Communities Committee (see membership here) particularly need to know that the public is concerned. Find out who your MSPs are here
- If you live outside Scotland and don’t have MSPs - write to the Minister for Local Government & Housing (responsible for planning in Scotland). Send your letter to:- Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government & Housing, Scottish Government, St. Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG. You can also email the Minister
- Send us a copy of the responses you get to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Mel Nicoll, John Muir Trust, Tower House, Station Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5AN
Suggested points for your letter/email
1. You have an opportunity as my MSP to ensure new Scottish planning policy protects Wild Land and creates a fairer planning system.
2. The Bill as presently drafted is "silent" on the environment, with a focus on facilitating development. There is strong public support for improved Wild Land protection, as well as for Equal Rights of Appeal to put communities on a level playing field with developers – currently the only people with a right to appeal planning decisions.
3. Please help to ensure the Planning Bill has a much stronger focus on the environment than currently drafted by proposing or supporting specific amendments that will:-
improve protection for Scotland’s Wild Land through a statutory "Purpose for Planning" that includes explicit reference to the protection and enhancement of the natural and cultural environment
give Wild Land Areas the same protection that National Parks and National Scenic Areas currently have in Scottish Planning Policy
4. Please support the growing campaign to give communities a right of appeal in specific limited circumstances.
5. I look forward to your assurance that you will help to ensure the Planning Bill better protects Wild Land.