Hill track rights

NFU Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to maintain permitted development rights for hill tracks in their current form, as part of their consultation response on the matter.

Currently, hill tracks may be constructed without planning consent for the purpose of agriculture, forestry, or for repairs, in recognition of the importance they hold for these sectors. There are restrictions in place for Special Areas of Conservation, Sites of Special Scientific interest and Special Protected Areas.

NFU Scotland has stressed to Scottish Government that this existing system works well for all parties, allowing farmers to carry out their day to day work, while protecting sensitive landscapes, wildlife and conservation areas.