The John Muir Trust welcomed the publication today by Scottish Natural Heritage of new detailed descriptions of Scotland’s 42 Wild Land Areas, and its draft guidance for developers.
John Muir Trust Chief Executive Stuart Brooks said: “We applaud the work that SNH has carried out to create vivid and detailed descriptions of each individual wild land area, which examine landscape, ecology, geology, archaeology and current human activity.
“They will help bring to life Scotland’s most beautiful, wild and remote places – turning lines on maps into real places.
“We hope these descriptions will serve as much more than an aid to the planning process – they can become a resource for visitors and tourist businesse to encourage more people to discover and explore these remarkable wild places.
“We believe these in-depth descriptions – which also clarify the distinction between wild land and other beautiful landscapes where people live and work – can help persuade adjacent local communities of the benefits of protecting and enhancing Wild Land Areas.
“The Trust will take time to review the associated technical guidance for planners and developers, but we welcome the work that SNH has done to try to bring more clarity to the application process.
“A core principle is that any assessment should consider the impact on Wild Land Areas, even if the physical footprint of the development is outside or on the edge of wild land. We are pleased to see that SNH’s guidance attempts to deal with this important issue. “
The SNH decriptions and guidance can be be viewed at: