Public to comment on land use

Tweed Forum is inviting the public to comment on land use strategy points, writes Derek Robeson.

In April 2013, the Scottish Government set up Land Use Strategy (LUS) pilot projects in the Borders and Aberdeenshire, to see how the National Land Use Strategy could be expressed through regional land use frameworks.

Scottish Borders Council is working in partnership with the Tweed Forum, leading on stakeholder engagement. The objective is to work towards producing a framework in the Borders, at a landscape scale, to consider how existing and future land uses can be managed in a collective and integrated way.

The emerging framework will be map-based, using an ecosystem approach which identifies what nature provides society. Crucial to this process has been to involve people in decision making.

The first stage of the project was to map collated information to identify the stocks of natural capital provided by the land. In the second stage, this work was extended through stakeholder engagement, to help define opportunities and constraints to change land use or its management to deliver ecosystem services.

Tweed Forum is seeking feedback on key points identified through stakeholder engagement as well as providing an opportunity for anyone to provide further comment.

To comment, download, complete and return the document which can be found at: http://tweedforum.org/lus/LUS_consultation_web.pdf before June 27.