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Aberdeenshire Special Landscape Areas: Consultation
Aberdeenshire Council is currently refreshing the provision of landscape protection within the council area, excepting that part within the Cairngorms National Park. Currently, landscape protection is achieved with reference to landscape character, supplemented by a series of defined Valued Views. The Council has concluded that the Valued Views approach is not fit for purpose. The Main Issues Report of 2013 confirmed that the Council’s preferred option was to remove the Valued Views policy, and to replace it with a more comprehensive policy on local landscape value. Support was expressed for this approach, and the Council has therefore appointed LUC to implement a review of the landscape of Aberdeenshire (except that part within the Cairngorms National Park) that will lead to the identification of Special Landscape Areas. Consultation with communities is an essential part of this process, and this consultation paper is therefore the first stage of the overall process. There will be further opportunities for the public to nominate valued landscapes over the coming months, and we will keep you informed of these. As the project commences, we are keen to gather your views on the fundamental basis of the review, which will guide the way that landscapes are selected. This short initial consultation paper focuses on two key questions:  The purpose of the Aberdeenshire Special Landscape Areas; and  The criteria which will be used to select Special Landscape Areas.
Responses Please respond to the two questions in this paper by Friday 10 July, by email to: aberdeenshireSLA@landuse.co.uk Alternatively, please post your response to: LUC, 28 Stafford Street, Edinburgh EH3 7BD If you have any queries on this consultation, please email aberdeenshireSLA@landuse.co.uk in the first instance.
Purpose Scottish Planning Policy (2014) suggests alternative purposes for local landscape designations:  “safeguard and enhance the character and quality of a landscape which is important or particularly valued locally or regionally; or  promote understanding and awareness of the distinctive character and special qualities of local landscapes; or  safeguard and promote important local settings for outdoor recreation and tourism.” The Council has indicated that the purpose of Special Landscape Areas in Aberdeenshire should focus on the first of these. That is, the review should seek to identify landscapes which are “important or particularly valued locally or regionally”. The identified areas will then be safeguarded by planning policy being developed by Aberdeenshire Council. Question 1 Do you agree that the primary purpose of Special Landscape Areas in Aberdeenshire should be to safeguard and enhance the character and quality of a landscape which is important or particularly valued locally or regionally? Your response will help to guide the overall direction of the review process, in defining the aim of the Special Landscape Area designation.

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Landscape criteria The review will be carried out in accordance with the approach described in Guidance on Local Landscape Designations (2006), published jointly by Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Scotland. This presents a series of principles which will be followed to identify landscapes meriting protection. It recommends the use of existing landscape character information as a basis for the review, and the application of a number of criteria. It is proposed that the following criteria will be used to identify the areas which should be included within the Special Landscape Areas. These are based on criteria drawn from the Guidance, with additional aspects included following initial discussion with the Council.
Question 2 Do you agree that all of these criteria are appropriate to the identification of Special Landscape Areas in Aberdeenshire? Are there any other criteria that you think should be considered as part of the review? Your response will help to shape the review process and to determine the types of landscape which are likely to be included within the recommended Special Landscape Areas. ___________________________________________________________________________________
References Scottish Planning Policy (2014) http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/Policy Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan: Main Issues Report 2013 http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans_policies/LDP2016MainIssuesReportFINAL.PDF Aberdeenshire Council Position Paper 9: Valued Views (2013) http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans_policies/PositionPaper9ValuedViews.pdf Guidance on Local Landscape Designations (Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Scotland, 2006) http://www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/heritagemanagement/GuidanceonLocalLandscapeDesignations.pdf
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