Scottish Natural Heritage defends its land-use survey following Scottish Renewables attack

Scottish Natural HeritageScottish Natural Heritage has responded to fierce criticism from Scottish Renewables which called for a ‘robust and defensible’ way to protect Scotland’s most valued landscapes in an recent attack (Scottish Energy News  6 January 2014) on the credibility of the Scottish Natural Heritage consultation on these issues.

The issue is a sensitive one of for wind farm developers as many people are concerned about perceived detrimental impact on the visual environment and landscapes from wind-farms.

In its response to a consultation on these issues by Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Renewables, highlighted a number of points of concern including how wild land has been defined and the accuracy of those areas deemed ‘core wild land’.

Josh Blamire, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables, said: “We have major concerns over how SNH will be able to soundly assess areas believed to be wild when they’ve taken a largely desk-based approach?”

However, a spokesman for Scottish Natural Heritage said: “We received more than 400 responses to the wild land map consultation from local councils; organisations representing environmental and development interests; communities, and individuals. 

“We note the response from Scottish Renewables and are considering this, along with the rest of the responses gathered during the consultation.  We will examine all responses in detail and prepare advice for Ministers in the next couple of months.”

 “We will be publishing all the responses to the consultation on our website this Thursday (30 January).”

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