A number of Labour and Liberal MSPs in the Scottish Parliament have combined to question the government’s National Planning Framework – which is likely to form the policy for determining controversial wind-parc planning applications in ‘wild land’ areas in Scotland. The motion states:
That the Parliament welcomes the VisitScotland Islands Visitor Survey 2012–2013, which was published on 11 February 2014; notes the finding that the main influence on visitor decision to visit Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, and the second most important influence in visiting Orkney, was an interest in the scenery and landscape;
Observes that the Public Perceptions of Wildness in Scotland survey of 1,872 people carried out by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the two national parks, showed that 86% of the main sample felt that action was necessary to preserve wild land in Scotland and that all groups highlighted energy infrastructure and built-up areas as the most significant adverse impacts;
Considers that 73% of respondents to the most recent wild land consultation by SNH were supportive of their wild land mapping, and notes calls for the Scottish Government to ensure that Scotland’s best wild land and natural landscape areas are protected in planning as a national asset.
The motion has been supported by the follow MSPs:
Jackie Baillie, Jayne Baxter, Anne McTaggart, Patricia Ferguson, Neil Findlay, Margaret McDougall, Tavish Scott, Mary Scanlon, Liz Smith, Richard Simpson, Elaine Murray, Sarah Boyack, Cameron Buchanan, Hugh Henry.