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Landscape, planning and development

Scotland's landscapes underpin our economy and attractiveness as a place to live and do business.  Planners and developers have a big role in helping to protect and enhance this asset.

Crucially, the decisions we make about developments such as windfarms, houses and roads, and how we respond to climate change, continues to alter our landscapes and the way we experience them.  This change can be positive, if it is well planned and well informed.

Planning authorities have a responsibility to consider how landscapes in their area should be safeguarded and enhanced through plans and strategies.  There are a various ways in which planning authorities can help protect and enhance landscapes, guided by national and Scottish Natural Heritage policy and guidance.

Developers have a key role to play in identifying and addressing impacts on landscapes as they develop their proposals, and by demonstrating good practice in fitting new development into the landscape.  A range of tools and techniques are available to guide this work.

Landscape Planning Consultation. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Landscape and planning

Information on the policy and planning framework for managing landscape change

Housing development, Westhill, Aberdeenshire. İGeorge Logan/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Landscape, housing and settlements

Policy and guidance to help plan and design settlement expansion and new house building in the countryside

Kylesku bridge. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Landscape and transport

Policy and guidance on how different forms of transport affect landscapes

Drumderg Windfarm. İPeter McPhail/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Landscape and energy

Policy and guidance on the landscape effects of energy development, including windfarms

Aerial. İGeorge Logan/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Landscape and telecommunications

Policy and guidance on telecommunications and minimising the impacts on landscapes

 Breached floodbank. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Landscape and mineral extraction

Policy and guidance on mining and the effects on landscape

Fish farm cages. İDavid Donnan/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Landscape and aquaculture

Policy and guidance on the siting and design of aquaculture development


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Planning and development

Planning and development

Scottish Natural Heritage's pages on planning and development

Landscape tools and techniques

Landscape tools and techniques

Practical tools to help understand landscape effects of development

Landscape policy and guidance

Landscape policy and guidance

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