National Scenic Areas

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Title
National Scenic Areas
Alternate title
NSAs
Date ( Creation )
Identifier
www.gov.scot / SG_NationalScenicAreas

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Abstract
National Scenic Areas (NSAs) are Scotland's only national landscape designation, and defined as areas “of outstanding scenic value in a national context” for which special protection measures are required. The designation’s purpose is both to identify our finest scenery and to ensure its protection from inappropriate development. NSAs are broadly equivalent to the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty found in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are regarded by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Category V Protected Landscapes. There are 40 NSAs in total covering roughly 1 million hectares (13% of Scotland).

Publisher

Point of contact

Scottish Government - Policy Officer ( Natural Resources )
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH6 6QQ
United Kingdom
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GEMET - INSPIRE themes, version 1.0 ( Theme )
  • Protected sites
IPSV - Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary, version 2
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Other constraints
No limitations on public access
Use limitation
Open Government Licence
Use limitation
The following attribution statement must be used to acknowledge the source of the information: Copyright Scottish Government, contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right (insert year)
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Denominator
50000
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Topic category
  • Environment
Geographic identifier
GB-SCT

Title
IS0 3166-2
Date ( Revision )

N
S
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W
Supplemental Information

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Environment/Countryside/Heritage/Areas

Reference system identifier
EPSG / OSGB 1936 / British National Grid (EPSG:27700) / 7.4

Distribution format
  • WMS ( 1.3.0 )

  • WFS ( 2.0.0 )

  • ESRI REST ( 1.0 )

  • ESRI Shapefile ( 1.0 )

dataset
Statement
NSAs were first identified by the Countryside Commission for Scotland (a predecessor to Scottish Natural Heritage) in 1978 and described in the Commission’s report "Scotland's Scenic Heritage". While originally established in 1980 under planning legislation, NSAs were formally designated under The Town and Country Planning (National Scenic Areas) (Scotland) Designation Directions 2010 in December 2010. The dataset was digitised against Ordnance Survey 1:50K raster data in 1998 and follows the textual description in the Countryside Commission report. The textual description contains ambiguities and the maps associated with the text (also in the publication) don't always agree. The dataset covers all NSA's including offshore extensions - no new areas have since been identified. Most areas are in private ownership although the Forestry Commission has some sizeable land holdings.

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File identifier
13396739-7602-4428-85fd-95a5d7e208a1 metadataInXML
engdataset
Date stamp
Metadata standard name
UK GEMINI
Metadata standard version
2.2

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