Keep it Wild

Help to make sure new Scottish planning legislation protects wild land

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Help influence new legislation for wild land

Proposed new legislation - the Planning (Scotland) Bill - is currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament. This will set out the strategic policy on land use for development. There are many aspects to the Bill which could improve the protection and enhancement of our environment, including Scotland’s unique network of “Wild Land Areas.” The planning system could also be changed to give fair weight to local communities’ concerns about planning decisions. Read on to find out how you can help ensure the Planning Bill delivers these objectives.

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How the Planning (Scotland) Bill can increase wild land protection

We think the Planning Bill needs to have a much stronger focus on the environment than currently drafted - and that it needs amending to improve protection for Scotland’s wild land. There is strong public support for wild land protection from large-scale infrastructure such as industrial-scale wind farms, major electricity transmission and super-quarries. For example, current planning policy protects National Parks and National Scenic Areas from large-scale wind farms - the Planning Bill gives an opportunity to give a similar level of protection to Wild Land Areas.

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Take action - help plan a better Scotland

The Trust has been speaking to MSPs and other interested parties about how the Planning Bill can be amended to give stronger environmental and wild land protection, and also to create a level playing field in planning. Parliament has been considering amendments put forward by MSPs from all political parties. Thank you to everyone who contacted their MSPs about the key amendments we asked you to highlight. 

Read the latest news on the Campaign

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Other things you can do

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Make a donation to protect wild land

It takes time and resources to protect wild land from inappropriate developments. Your gift to our Campaign Fund will help to:-

  • Fund expert help to challenge inappropriate developments at Public Local Inquiries
  • Inform and meet key politicians and decision makers to secure support for wild land protection
  • Raise awareness and inspire more people to act now to protect wild land

You can donate by using the form at the bottom of this page.