NatureScot Commissioned Report 307: Outdoor Access and the Planning System
Outdoor access is an important consideration in planning and development. This report explores how access rights can be and are being protected.
Historically, a development’s effect on a right of way, established path or bridleway has been a material consideration in determining the outcome of a planning application. Since Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 came into effect, this material consideration has been expanded to include a wider right of responsible access to most land. However, this report reveals that the general right of access to most land is not commonly recognised as a material consideration in determining a planning application.
Discover what provisions may be included in future development plans to protect outdoor access rights.
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