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    Renewables Spatial Framework incorporating the Carbon and Peatland map as published by SNH on 30th June 2016

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    The council, together with Scottish Natural Heritage have commissioned Consultant Landscape Architects to update the Argyll and Bute Landscape Wind Energy Capacity Study 2012. The study provides technical information which will be used to help the Council assess applications for wind energy developments and inform the development of the windfarm/wind turbine policies in the proposed Local Development Plan (LDP). The updated study was approved by the Councils Planning Protective Services and Licensing Committee on 20th September 2017.

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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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    Special Built Environment Areas do not have the presence, continuity or quality of ‘conservation areas’ but exhibit special built and land form characteristics which should be safeguarded and promoted when considering development potential and proposals. Deisgnated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015

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    Potential Development Areas designated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015. These are broad areas identified by this plan in the Proposal Maps. They are mainly, but not exclusively on the edge of settlements and constitute land within which opportunities may emerge during the plan- period for infill, rounding-off, redevelopment or new development. Such opportunities are not currently fully resolved and issues may require to be overcome in terms of the ‘mini development brief’ accompanying these PDAs before development opportunities within the PDA area can be realised and be supported by this plan. A PDA may include a number of identifiable development sites

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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.

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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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    Locally important sites for wildlife or nature interests identified in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015. They have been judged to be important because: (A) the site supports a natural or semi-natural plant community(ies), and/or (B) the site supports a high diversity of floral species and contains uncommon/rare fauna, and/or (C) the site is of value for environmental education for local communities and local schools and/or (D) is a landscape, landform or rock feature identified as having a particular value for education and tourism Local Nature Conservation Sites include Local Nature Reserves, Regionally Important Geological/ Geomorphological Sites, former sites of important for nature conservation (SINC) and Other local wildlife sites

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    Large scale areas identified in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015. They are of strategic economic importance to Argyll and Bute, containing key drivers, elements of change and potential major developments. The ambition is to prepare Strategic Masterplans for these areas in the mid to longer term.