Scottish Government commits to referencing wild land

John Muir Trust welcomes positive signal from the Scottish Government as it finalises key new planning documents.

The Trust has welcomed a positive signal from the Scottish Government as it finalises key new planning documents.

The Minister for Local Government and Planning, Derek Mackay MSP, has written to the John Muir Trust in response to a letter from the Trust about wild land and the proposed National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3).

In his response, the Minister says that Scottish Ministers will finalise NPF3 and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) taking into account advice from Scottish Natural Heritage following the recent consultation on the map of core areas of wild land, and also the findings of the four Scottish Parliament committees which have been considering NPF3.

Crucially, the Minister tells us: ‘I can assure you that the final version of both documents will reflect its [wild land’s] importance as an environmental asset of national significance.’

The Minister acknowledges and refers to the Trust’s campaign seeking more specific reference to wild land in NPF3. He advises that the Scottish Government does not intend to respond to all of the campaign letters individually and asks us to make his letter – which addresses the issues campaigners have been raising – available to the Trust’s members and those encouraged to take up the campaign.

Read the Minister’s letter

A huge thank you again to everyone who has expressed their concern about wild land protection issues to the Scottish Government.