We regularly give advice on various topics relating to the work and objectives of APRS and we also respond to many enquiries from our members and the general public. We currently have the following Advice Notes :
Advice Notes for Local Authorities
We are often consulted by local planning authorities when they are preparing Main Issues Reports, Strategic Development Plans and Local Development Plans. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to respond to all requests, so we have produced a general Advice Note in the hope that it will help local planning authorities to protect and enhance the landscapes of the areas in their development plans. It sets out why landscape matters and proposes seven key actions which local authorities should undertake in order to demonstrate exemplary landscape protection and enhancement in development planning.
We have recently prepared some Case Studies which aim to give a lively insight into the type of work we do. Below are four Policy Case Studies which illustrate how we go about influencing Government landscape policy, and seven Planning Case Studies which describe how we help local communities engage with landscape change in their areas.
- The Economic Value of Landscape in the Scottish Borders – a survey of practices and opinions of business owners (produced in 2012)
- Tarland Village Design Statement – in 2002 we managed the funding and production of the Village Design Statement for Tarland in Aberdeenshire. The Statement describes the village and its environs and highlights some of the individual and collective characteristics that make it distinctive. It was compiled by the residents in conjunction with a local steering group, and was produced by architect Neil Adams. It was adopted by Aberdeenshire Council as a favoured approach for preparing other such statements.
- Wind Energy Developments Policy and a report by John Mackay which APRS recommends – Scotland’s Beauty at Risk