Green Belts Alliance
Greenbelt near Airdrie, North Lanarkshire
APRS has been campaigning on Green Belts for over 90 years and we are still working to uphold and strengthen the protection of these vital spaces around our cities for nature and for people.
What is the Green Belts Alliance?
APRS 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 to get involved and help protect your local green belt!
If you’d like to join our Green Belts Alliance you can do so below.
What is a green belt?
A green belt is a designated area of open land which is around, beside, or in an urban area. In a green belt, there is a presumption against development apart from specific uses, particularly for agricultural or renewable energy purposes. Scotland has 11 green belts designated by 21 local authorities.
Green belts have many benefits. Their primary purpose is to ensure that urban growth is compact and that land around towns and cities is used sustainably. They can also give space to nature, enhance biodiversity, and provide green areas to benefit the physical and mental wellbeing of the local community.
However, green belts are often under threat of erosion and unsustainable development. These resources are designed to help individuals and communities protect their local green belt.
Selected Resources on Green Belts and Planning
Is your green belt under threat from unsustainable development? APRS have prepared several resources to help you navigate the planning system and protect your green belt!
The new National Planning Framework (NPF4) section on Greenbelts is vital reading as the NPF4 Policies now form part of every Local Development Plan and so they are to be considered in every planning application.
APRS Draft Green Belts Advice Note
This advice note is intended to help individuals and communities understand and protect their local Green Belt.
NPF4 Green Belt Policies
This is an extract from the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 4, Part 2 – National Planning Policy. It is the section of policies related to Green Belt. You can read the whole NPF4 online
Advice Note on the Planning System
We regularly give advice on various topics relating to our work and objectives and also respond to many enquiries from our members and the general public. This document provides general information on the Planning System
Planning Case Studies 2009-2014
These Case Studies provide examples of cases where we have provided advice and guidance.to help local communities engage with landscape change in their areas.. They provide an insight into the type of work we do.
This resource provides information on strategic and local planning across Scotland and gives links to the websites containing planning information for particular areas.
Response for Call for Ideas on planning evaluation framework
We were invited to give input to the Improvement Service call for ideas on a new evaluation framework for NPF4
See all our resources on planning
Help finding your local green belt
This green belt map produced by The Spatial Hub shows, among other things, green belts. Try checking ‘green belts’ in the map layers to see the green belts in your local area.
If you would like to see the green belts of each local authority we have created a green belt map from the information in the Spatial Hub. These were created in 2020 so for the most up to date information please use the spatial hub.
There are some incredible resources available to help campaigners with planning
Planning Democracy has a whole set of resources for communities and individuals looking to
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
APRS gratefully acknowledges the funding Patagonia has provided towards this project.