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    Tree Preservation Orders in Angus

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    One of four component layer of the Scottishmap of relativewildness. This layer shows the level of modern artefacts (detractors)that are visible. The dataset is on a scale of 1-256 indicating relative levels of visual influence. Consequently the data is best viewed at a national or regional scale. The methodology is adapted from the 2008 Wildness Study in the Cairngorms National Park. NextMap Digital Surface Model (DSM) gives the height of the surface including the detractors from which a viewshed can be produced. Viewsheds up to 15 km were created for 3 feature layersat 50m resolution, 1) Buildings and other structures, 2) Railway lines, roads and tracks and 3) Pylons and ski lifts. A fourth viewshed up to 30 km was created for wind turbineswhose heights were added to a DTM. The resulting calculations were then re-scaled 1-256 to produce the map of lack of built human artefacts.

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    Local nature reserves are areas of (at least) locally important natural heritage, designated and managed by local authorities to give people better opportunities to learn about and enjoy nature close to where they live. They are found across the country, but generally close to towns and cities. More details are available here: http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/protected-areas/local-designations/lnr/ Where we have not been supplied with data by local authorities we are extracting it from a previously produced SNH national dataset.

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    The Core Paths aim to satisfy the basic needs of local people and visitors for general access and recreation. They comprise a mixture of existing and some new paths. The Core Paths cater for all types of users - walkers, cyclists, horse riders, people with disabilities, and are a key part of outdoor access provision. The Fife Core Path Network is shown as lines, covering the whole of Fife, on the approved Core Path Plan as defined by a public consultation and public inquiry, as mandated by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 that placesm,on the local authority, the duty to draw up a plan for a system of paths ('core paths') sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout their area'. These 'core paths' systems will be available for recreation and everyday journeys by local people and visitors, providing opportunities for walking, cycling, riding and other activities for all ages and abilities.

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    Tree Preservation Orders in Angus

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    Nature Conservation Orders (NCOs) are made to protect any natural feature of land that is within (1) a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), (2) a European site or (3) other land of special interest, and where it is either being actively damaged or there is evidence that it is under threat of damage. The Orders set out certain prohibited operations and the land to which they apply.

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    Location and data on licensing and/or operation of known landfill sites within the boundary of the former Edinburgh District Council's administrative area. Details of landfills licensed after 1996 may be obtained from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

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    Local nature conservation sites (LNCS) is a non-statutory designation given by local authorities to areas of locally important nature and landscapes. Scottish Natural Heritage, on behalf of the Local Nature Conservation Sites Working Group, published guidance (http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/protected-areas/local-designations/local-nature-conservation/) for local authorities on the establishment and management of LNCS systems in Scotland. One of the LNCS working group's recommendations was that all local authorities should adopt the LNCS name in place of the many different local names. However, many councils still use alternative names for these sites such as Local Biodiversity Sites, Local Wildlife Sites, Local Geodiversity Sites and Sites of Interest for Nature Conservation. We have merged these all into this national dataset. Several LAs are still to confirm and digitise their LNCSs.

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    One of four component layer of the Scottish map of relative wildness. This layer shows perceived naturalness of the landscape. The dataset is on a scale of 1-256 indicating relative levels of naturalness. Consequently the data is best viewed at a national or regional scale. The methodology is adapted from the 2008 Wildness Study in the Cairngorms National Park. Each different land class is given a 'naturalness score' from 1 (low perceived naturalness) to 5 (high perceived naturalness). For example built up areas and gardens are scored 1, arable and horticultural land are scored 2, calcareous grassland scored 3, acid grass scored 4 and bog scored 5. A focal statistics window of 250m is passed over the dataset averaging the naturalness values to account for surrounding areas.

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    22 candidate Special Landscape Areas (cSLAs) were identified in the approved Review of Local Landscape Designations (Feb 2010). The candidates are based upon landscape character assessment and evaluation of relative landscape value following the methodology set out in ‘Guidance on Local Landscape Designations’ published by SNH and Historic Scotland (2004). Candidates will be designated through the forthcoming Local Development Plan and will replace the existing local landscape designations: Areas of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) and Areas of Outstanding Landscape Quality (AOLQ). In the interim the Review will constitute a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. cSLAs are accompanied by ‘Statements of Importance’, which set out their key characteristics and attributes.