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Planning Guidance - Loch Leven SPA, the Dunkeld-Blairgowrie Lochs SAC and the River Tay SAC


The current Guidance documents were adopted by the Council in October 2016. These have been reviewed and were subject to consultation between 17 February and 16 March 2020. The consultation drafts can be found at the links below. The finalised guidance documents and consultation responses were due to be reported to the Strategic, Policy and Resources Committee meeting in May however, as part of the measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) all scheduled committee meetings have been cancelled until further notice. Please continue to use the adopted guidance in the meantime.

Purpose and Scope of Guidance

These three areas have been designated as either a Special Protection Area (SPA) or a Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). These are the highest wildlife designations and means that these sites are part of the Natura 2000 network - a series of internationally important wildlife sites throughout the European Union. These guidance documents have been produced to ensure these areas are protected. All three guidance documents will provide advice on the types of appropriate information and safeguards to be provided in support of your planning application so that it can be properly and timeously assessed by Perth & Kinross Council. These documents were prepared in consultation with SNH and SEPA.

The icon Dunkeld-Blairgowrie Lochs Special Area of Conservation guidance [1Mb] relates specifically to water quality of the Dunkeld-Blairgowrie SAC. This Guidance relates to the Local Development Plan Policy 45: Lunan Valley Catchment Area.

The icon Loch Leven SPA and Ramsar Site guidance [930Kb] relates specifically to water quality of Loch Leven SPA and phosphorus entering the loch's catchment. This Guidance relates to the Local Development Plan Policy 46: Drainage within the Loch Leven Catchment Area.

The icon River Tay Special Area of Conservation guidance [2Mb] provides advice to developers when considering new projects which could affect the River Tay Special Area of Conservation. This Guidance relates to the Local Development Plan Policy 47: Development within the River Tay Catchment Area.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

As part of the process of preparing and adopting Planning Guidance, we will consult Historic Environment Scotland, SEPA and SNH on whether the draft Guidance documents are likely to raise issues of significant environmental impact.