Campaigning on Planning and Green Belts

Campaigning on Planning and Green Belts

APRS has supported groups and individuals campaigning to protect nature, countryside and landscapes since we established nearly a century ago. This continues today with our Green Belts Alliance and the groups we support and advise.

Green Belt walk blogs

In this section of her green belts walk Kat meets a campaigner in Carmunnock and learns some of the tactics of the volume house-builders wanting to build on the greenbelt in some of the most sought-after countryside around Glasgow.

Green Belt walk blogs

Planning for her next green belt walk, a treasure hunt for Neolithic rock carvings at Cochno, near Faifley, Kat discovers they are under threat from a large Battery facility.

we speak to Jane of Ferniehill who has had to become an expert of planning to object to a development of 6000 homes on their local green space.

Green Belt campaigners on our webinar

Four local campaigners joined us on our Winter Webinar series to tell us a bit about their work and give some advice from their own experience of campaigning: getting people involved, understanding the planning system and how they have found ways around the obstacles and difficulties.

  • Robert Cochrane of Carmunock Community Council
  • Inga Bullen of Save Blairforkie Greenspace
  • Adrian Croften, Friends of St Fitticks Park
  • Gwen Pirie, Keep Potterton Green

Resources for Campaigners

APRS Guidance

These APRS guidance notes have been written to help campaigners understand the Scottish planning system and how to make our voices heard in planning decisions. They have all been updated since National Planning Framework 4.

  • APRS Advice Note: The Scottish Planning System

    Planning affects everyone, and everyone has a right to have their say about matters that affect their lives.  Planning is about making hard choices, balancing the need for appropriate development with the desire to protect both the landscapes that we cherish and the environmental quality that is vital for life and wellbeing.  Knowing about the planning system can help us all to make informed choices about the future of rural Scotland.

  • Community Guidance on LDPs

    Local Development Plan guidance for communities Key points Background The Scottish Planning System The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 states that

  • Green Belts Advice Note

    This advice note is intended to help individuals and communities understand and protect their local Green Belt.

Webinar Series

Watch and listen to the series of webinars created with Planning Democracy on various aspects of the Scottish Planning system with speakers from Scottish Government, Local Authorities, and specialists

Recorded on March 6th 2024

Recorded on January 31st 2024

Recorded on January 17th 2024

Recorded on December 6th 2023

Recorded on November 10th 2023

More information

Your local plan

Local Development Plans give a blueprint for development in your area for the next 10 years, many are being written now and communities should have a say.

Green Belts

Find out more about how to protect Green Belts, which are a planning designation to maintain countryside near to cities, prevent sprawl and incentivise development on brownfield sites.


This is an overview of the Scottish Planning System to help campaigners understand what can be a complex area of policy.

Other Useful Guidance

Planning Democracy is a community-led organisation campaigning to strengthen the voice and influence of the public in the planning and development of Scotland’s land. They have published some very useful guides to Scotland’s planning system

The Green Belts Alliance

We support groups and individuals campaigning to protect their Green Belt through our APRS Green Belts Alliance. We create guidance, campaign, meet as a network and have a regular email newsletter on issues of interest.

Join the Green Belts Alliance

Other Resources

There are some incredible resources available to help campaigners with planning

Planning Democracy

Planning Democracy has a whole set of resources for communities and individuals looking to

RSPB Scotland

RSPB Scotland has a webpage of useful information for people wanting to get involved in planning issues, this includes general information about the planning system, how to run a campaign and specific guidance for example protecting birds and wildlife, trees and woodland, and addressing climate change.

Local Place Plans Guidance

The Our Place website is devoted to promoting the benefits of place and place-based working, they have some guidance on Local Place Plans. You can see all their resources here

Although these webinars were free to attend, we do ask that people consider supporting us so we can continue to provide information and support as much as possible

Join the Green Belts Alliance


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