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.
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.
Protected areas of land designated in the Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan 2015 because of their local special natural interest and/or educational value
Policy area within the main town centres where non-retail development is restricted in the interests of sustaining the commercial integrity of the town centres and their central shopping functions. Deisgnated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015
Boundary dataset depicting the areas of land at the ends of the Prestwick Airport runways within which development is restricted in order to control the number of people on the ground at risk of death or injury in the event of an aircraft accident on take–off or landing.
A Development Management Zone which, as designated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015, corresponds to areas wherein there is a general capacity to successfully absorb small scale development including development in the open countryside
Areas of Panoramic Quality designated in the Argyll and Bute adopted Local Development Plan 2015. These are areas of regional importance in terms of their landscape quality which were previously identified as ‘Regional Scenic Areas’ in the former Strathclyde Structure Plan
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
Galloway Forest Park was established in 1947 and is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland.
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