Planning and development advice

New developments sited and designed with care can contribute positively to Scotland's nature.

NEW: See our 'Developing with Nature' guidance published in support of NPF4 policy 3(c), on the measures that can be incorporated in development to enhance biodiversity

See new recommendation regarding the type of modelling required to support the assessment of forestry and wind farm impacts on golden eagles.

    Our guidance helps planners and developers to secure positive outcomes for nature, landscapes and people. Understanding how a development may impact on nature, and the opportunities that nature offers, enables the design of good developments that are located in the right places.

    High quality natural environments are vital to the creation of better places. Nature and landscapes near where we live and work can:

    • enhance our quality of life
    • boost individual health and well-being
    • add to our sense of place and identity
    • support a strong economy 
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