Wildland fears

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IT IS encouraging to see that the Scottish Government is taking real steps to protect Scotland’s precious wild landscapes from inappropriate development (“Most Scottish wilderness ‘faces wind farm risk’,” 29 May).

However, the John Muir Trust makes serious points as to whether or not the new proposals to modify planning guidance based on an “official” wildland map will be enough. During the national consultation on the reform of Scottish planning policy we will be seeking clarification on how development pressures of all kinds will be managed.

Our own research points to disparities in how well the residents in the different regions of Scotland feel that their landscapes have been managed, and significant differences by social grouping in both their experience of a good quality environment and their ability to influence change in their surroundings. As a country, we need to better engage all Scots in shaping the kinds of landscapes we wish to live in and enjoy.

Diarmid Hearns

(Head of Policy)

National Trust for Scotland

Hermiston Quay
Edinburgh