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    Areas for Action designated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015. Subject to resource availability during the plan-period, these areas will be the focus for partnership or community action. Area remits for these AFAs are being worked up in the Supplementary Information and Guidance report; these area remits may include investment and funding packages, land assembly and asset management programmes, development and redevelopment proposals, infrastructure provision and environmental enhancement proposals. Depending on circumstances, AFAs may coincide with other categories of sites such as potential development areas.

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    Areas of valued open space, sports pitches and playing fields as identified in the Proposal Maps of the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015

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    Development Management Zones as defined in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015, comprising Main Towns and Key Settlements, Key Rural Settlements, Villages and minor settlements, Countryside zone, Greenbelt, Rural opportunity areas and Very sensitive countryside

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    Action identified in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015 in support of its settlement plans and proposals involving safeguarding measures, feasibility studies into options and the undertaking of development road schemes

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    A Development Management Zone which, as designated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015, frames the area around settlements and wider countryside; within this zone a co-ordinated and planned approach to development is appropriate whilst allowing for small scale infill, rounding-off redevelopment and change of use of buildings to take place on an appropriate basis but not extending the existing settlement boundary

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    Existing and proposed sites for medium to large scale waste management facilities, as identified in the Argyll and Bute Proposed Local Development Plan 2015, that are protected as far as practicable from development that would prejudice a waste management use.

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    Town Centres shown on Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015 for the six main towns and the five small towns of Argyll and Bute defined as key settlements; these being town centres defined mainly for retail policy purposes

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    Development Management Zones designated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015. For the purposes of this plan the term settlement applies to the following development management zones: main towns and key settlements; key rural settlements, villages and minor settlements. Main towns are the settlements of Campbeltown, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Lochgilphead/Ardrishaig, Oban and Rothesay; the main towns constitute a development management zone wherein there is a general capacity to successfully absorb small, medium and large scale development. Key settlements is the collective term for six small towns and villages where the Argyll and Bute LDP seeks to focus employment-led investment and to concentrate larger scales of development opportunity. Key rural settlements is the collective name for 27 small settlements that offer a range of services and some potential for up to medium scale growth including delivery by masterplans or community led action. Villages and Minor Settlements are small, generally compact settlements containing at least 6 dwelling houses that constitute a development management zone wherein there is a general capacity to successfully absorb only small scale development.

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    Conservation Areas as defined in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015; they have a statutory basis (currently in the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1977) as areas of special architectural or historic interest and containing key features which it is desirable to conserve, sustain and enhance; a heightened value can be placed on a conservation area by Historic Scotland conferring ‘outstanding’ status; Funding may be attracted to conservation area enhancement schemes

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    Traffic Management Actions, as identified in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015 which support settlement plans and development proposals involving the management of traffic and access in relation to land use.