SNH reopens wild lands map
Watchdog launches consultation into controversial 'core areas'
Scottish Natural Heritage has launched a seven-week consultation on a controversial map of "core areas of wild land" across the country.
The designations came under fire from interests including renewable energy following inclusion in draft planning policies put forward by the Scottish government in April.
"A number of respondents (to the draft policy) offered comments on the detail of the wild land map," said SNH. "In light of these comments, the Scottish government has asked SNH to carry out a consultation."
SNH director of operations Andrew Bachell said: "The map is the result of a systematic and robust study that we carried out and we’re keen to hear what others think.
“We hope that the map will help government, local authorities and developers to take account of wild land in decisions about land use and development.”
The map (pictured) was based on perceived naturalness, ruggedness, remoteness from public roads and absence of modern artefacts. It resulted in 43 wild land areas covering roughly 20% of the country.
Consultation runs until 20 December. SNH will review all the comments received and prepare further advice to Scottish Ministers on the map, including any proposed changes.
Details can be found here.