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Clyde Valley Region - Landscape

This table shows the regional priorities relevant to the region you have selected.

Each regional priority has a unique code (column one) which will help you to identify your selected priorities when completing your Statement of Intent/Proposal.

The detailed description (column two) has been provided to help you understand the implications and outcomes being sought by each priority.

The package numbers (column three) will help you to cross reference those relevant packages to the regional priority you have selected, with the full list of packages detailed on the right hand side of the page.

Regional Priority Code

Landscape priorities

Relevant Packages

13. Valued and attractive landscapes which contribute positively to peoples environment, through:


a. The safeguarding and enhancement of the diverse character of rural landscapes. Particularly proposals that:

  • conserve areas of quality landscapes, safeguarding the distinctive patterns and features that contribute to landscape character and support the quality of landscape experience
  • enhance areas of poor landscape quality particularly in peri-urban areas and along transport corridors where poor landscape quality is a detractor to economic development or the well-being of existing communities
  • transform degraded landscapes, particularly those affected by previous industrial use, and consistent with restoration strategies such as the Lanarkshire Greening Framework and Central Scotland Forest Strategy.
5 & 18


b. Enhanced experience, understanding and enjoyment of the landscape. Particularly proposals that:

  • safeguard important views, viewpoints and landmarks/features from land use change that would detract from their visual integrity, contribute to the identity of the place and scenic quality and, where appropriate, encourage access to and opening up of new views.
5 & 18


c. High quality design in both new build and natural elements that enhance and strengthen the landscape character of an area. Particularly proposals that:

  • enhance the quality of the areas landscapes, the distinctive patterns and features that contribute to landscape character and support the quality of landscape experience by supporting appropriate design and management of landscape settings and landscape features
  • support proposals which contribute positively to sustainable landscapes particularly development in peri-urban areas which are likely to be highly visible
  • improve the micro-climate and landscape setting around and within new residential development and places of work.
5 & 18


d. Actions at a landscape scale which strengthen and/or enhance the landscape character of an area and contribute to sense of place. Particularly proposals that:

5 & 18


e. A strengthening and/or enhancement of the special qualities within National Scenic Areas (NSA), National Parks and locally designated landscapes. Actions should contribute to delivery of NSA Management Strategy where in place. Particularly proposals that:

  • support positive management to enhance the quality of the Loch Lomond National Scenic Area and Regional Scenic Areas.
5 & 18


f. Action for landscapes whose qualities have been degraded by past use. Particularly proposals that:

  • safeguard important views, viewpoints and landmarks from land use change that would detract from their visual integrity
  • transform landscapes affected by past industrial use, particularly those in close proximity to towns and villages
  • support the development of the GCV Green Network and the Central Scotland Forest
  • support positive management of urban fringe landscapes particularly those being used or being developed by local communities.
5 & 18


14. An increased contribution to the diversity and character of landscape form Scotland's woods and forests, through restructuring planted woodlands, particularly through the use of Low Intervention Silvicultural Systems, and diversification of a range of well designed woodland types in the preferred areas, as identified in regional Indicative Forestry Strategies or Woodland Strategies or in line with Forest Habitat Networks, particularly the improvement of degraded or unsightly local environments. In particular proposals that:

  • support woodland management and expansion consistent with the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Forestry and Woodland Framework, Glasgow and Clyde Valley Integrated Habitat Network and the Central Scotland Local Forestry Framework
  • develop woodlands around towns and cities which enhance the landscape setting
  • support new woodland creation on vacant or derelict land
  • support Forest Plans and associated actions to restructure large-scale, first-rotation conifer plantations
  • conserve heritage trees and street trees in urban fringe areas
  • conserve historic orchards in the Clyde Valley
  • develop new woodlands which will enhance the landscape of rural areas.
5, 15-16 & 18