agricultural and forestry tracks

The Scottish Government's decision at the end of last year not to change Permitted Development Rights for agricultural, forestry and upland private hill tracks came as a relief for landowners and managers but as a major disappointment for national environmental organisations such as the John Muir Trust.

The decision followed on from a consultation process during 2012 but the Scottish Government has stated that they will keep the matter under review. It is expected that lobbying on this controversial subject will continue and the creation and upgrading of new tracks, particularly in exposed upland areas to come under ever increasing scrutiny.

(The Scottish Government: Consultation on Non-Domestic elements of the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992)

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