APRS is working to uphold and strengthen the protection given to Scotland’s  Green Belts. We support the presumption against development on designated Green Belt land and believe that permission for any development of Green Belt  should only be given in exceptional circumstances. Such planning decisions  should be democratically arrived at, through the Local Development Plan  process, rather than via speculative applications.

Our latest update on the work of the Green Belts Alliance

Green Belts

A Green Belt is the designated open land around, beside or within an urban area where there is a presumption against development. Green Belts are designated by local authorities to: help protect countryside by containing urban sprawl; preserve and enhance the landscape settings of towns and cities; give urban residents access to open areas; and direct any necessary growth into more  appropriate locations within settlements. There are currently 10 Green Belts in Scotland.

APRS Action

  • We have established the APRS Green Belts Alliance – a new network of local organisations interested in protecting Green Belts
  • We published an Advice Note on Green Belts to raise awareness and inform members of the public who are concerned about developments in their area
  • When resources allow we provide tailored advice to APRS members on and very occasionally become directly involved in specific cases (see Planning Case Studies)
  • We press central and local government for better protection of designated Green Belts and for an equal right of appeal in the Scottish planning system
  • We encourage greater awareness of the benefits of Green Belts amongst decision-makers and the general public
  • We sent in a submission to the Scottish Government’s Call for Ideas for the forthcoming National Planning Framework 4, urging stronger protection for Green Belts
  • We produced proposals for a manifesto on Green Belts in advance of the Scottish Parliament Elections in May 2021.
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