Working to protect Scotland’s countryside

APRS promotes the care of all of Scotland’s rural landscapes from the Green Belt around towns and cities out to the forest, hills and mountains.

About APRS

APRS CAMPAIGNS

Deposit Return

Find out how we led the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign for Deposit Return to come to Scotland. We did it! Coming in 2022.

APRS LEARNING

Have you seen our new educational resources?

Deposit Return, Green Belts and National Parks - educator notes, worksheets, maps, video and game. Book a free visit with our APRS Education Manager.

Support APRS

Become a member of APRS or make a donation to support our campaigning, partnership and local community work to protect Scotland's countryside.

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Latest News

Get all the latest news  in our February Bulletin

National Planning Framework 4 – Position Statement – our response to the latest consultation from the Scottish Government over future planning policy

Our response to Scottish government consultation on introducing market restrictions on single-use plastic (SUP) items in Scotland.

National Parks – Frequently Asked Questions  – a new item explaining why we need National Parks and the benefits from having them.

Read our proposed wording for Green Belts, National Parks and the Circular Economy for political party manifestos for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Elections

Working from Home
All staff are working from home due to Covid-19 and can be contacted by email:

All APRS meetings are being held by video conference – please contact Nina for further information.

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We recently responded to the Scottish Government's Position Statement on the forthcoming National Planning Framework 4. This will be an important document as it will set out the long-term spatial plan for Scotland and also incorporate what is currently Scottish Planning Policy. We welcomed its clear support for brownfield regeneration and its commitment to align with the Land Use Strategy. This is important as NPF4 applies to developments which need planning permission and the LUS applies to those which don't (such as farming and forestry) - but all need to pull together in the same direction if we are to tackle the climate emergency and the nature crisis. We called however for stronger protection for Green Belts and for Prime Agricultural Land. You can read our full response at aprs.scot/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/21.02.19-APRS-response-to-NPF4-Position-Statement.pdf
We are working in partnership on this issue with lots of other organisations including Planning Democracy RSPB Scotland Badenoch and Strathspey Conservation Group Ramblers Scotland John Muir Trust The Woodland Trust Scottish Wild Land Group Scottish Wildlife Trust Friends of the Earth Scotland Scottish Environment LINK Scottish Campaign for National Parks and The National Trust for Scotland
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We recently responded to the Scottish Governments Position Statement on the forthcoming National Planning Framework 4.  This will be an important document as it will set out the long-term spatial plan for Scotland and also incorporate what is currently Scottish Planning Policy.  We welcomed its clear support for brownfield regeneration and its commitment to align with the Land Use Strategy.  This is important as NPF4 applies to developments which need planning permission and the LUS applies to those which dont (such as farming and forestry) - but all need to pull together in the same direction if we are to tackle the climate emergency and the nature crisis.  We called however for stronger  protection for Green Belts and for Prime Agricultural Land.  You can read our full response at https://aprs.scot/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/21.02.19-APRS-response-to-NPF4-Position-Statement.pdf
We are working in partnership on this issue with lots of other organisations including Planning Democracy RSPB Scotland Badenoch and Strathspey Conservation Group Ramblers Scotland John Muir Trust The Woodland Trust Scottish Wild Land Group Scottish Wildlife Trust Friends of the Earth Scotland Scottish Environment LINK Scottish Campaign for National Parks and The National Trust for Scotland
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