Highland Council welcomes Land Use Partnership pilots in region
The Highland Council’s Chair of Economy and Infrastructure Committee and Chair of Climate Change Working Group, Cllr Trish Robertson has welcomed the Scottish Government’s recent announcement that the Highland Council area will be 1 of 5 areas being piloted as Regional Land Use Partnerships to help develop an approach to land use in support of Scotland’s green recovery and transition to net-zero.
A Scottish Government announcement said that they “…will work with the pilot groups to test approaches to partnership governance that best suit the local situation and priorities. This will help inform future decisions on wider establishment of Partnerships.
And that: “The Partnerships will help national and local government, communities, land owners and stakeholders work together to find ways to optimise land use in a fair and inclusive way – meeting local and national objectives and supporting the journey to net zero."
Cllr Trish Robertson, Chair of Highland Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee and Chair of Climate Change Working Group welcomed the announcement, she said:
“We are very pleased that the Scottish Government has recognised the scale of the size of the Highland area – approximately the size of Belgium – and allocated 2 of the 5 pilot partnerships within The Highland Council area. We are delighted that The Highland Council area is to become a Regional Land Use Partnership pilot area and also the Cairngorms National Park. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to fully understand the scope of the pilot as a means for moving Highland towards an exemplar Carbon Action region in partnership with our communities.”
The Regional Land Use Partnerships will be piloted in:
- Cairngorms National Park
- Highland Council
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
- North East Region (Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils)
- South of Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders Councils)