Docstoc

LOCH LOMOND AND TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK PLAN

Document Sample
LOCH LOMOND AND TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK PLAN Powered By Docstoc
					                                                           THIS REPORT RELATES
STIRLING COUNCIL                                           TO ITEM
                                                           ON THE AGENDA


STIRLING COUNCIL                                            ENVIRONMENT SERVICES


6 OCTOBER 2005                                              NOT EXEMPT


            LOCH LOMOND AND TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK PLAN




1    PURPOSE

     1.1   To agree the Council’s response on the Consultative Draft of the National Park
           Plan.



2    SUMMARY

     2.1   The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park was established in July 2003
           and the Authority is required to produce a Park Plan for approval by Scottish
           Ministers. The Plan which is being considered is the first consultative draft
           and comments on this will be submitted along with the final draft to Ministers.
           The Plan is not a Local Plan, but a unique Plan relevant to only the National
           Park, addressing matters beyond a Local Plan, including social and economic
           development. A normal Local Plan for the Park will be prepared in due
           course.



3    RECOMMENDATION(S)

     3.1   To agree the detailed comments of this report as the Council’s response to the
           Park Plan and to submit it to the Park Authority.



4    CONSIDERATIONS

     4.1   The Plan is extensive running to over 300 pages and including over 260
           policies on 24 different topics; it is a weighty tome reflecting the national
           importance of the Park. In order to provide some structure to the Council’s
           comments, the Plan is considered under the following headings.

           Housing

     4.2   The Plan, following established principals, seeks to provide a range of housing
           to meet the needs of its communities and sustains the local economy, services
           and facilities and contributes to sense of place. The use of local occupancy
           restrictions will continue in the Loch Lomond Area. Support is given for Social
           Rented Housing and future analysis of need is identified. In general terms the
           housing policies accord with those of the Council, and the review of the Local
           Housing Strategy will have to take into account the Park Plan once approved.
               Economic Development

       4.3     The Plan identifies 6 priorities:-

               •   Promoting a more diverse rural economy

               •   Sustainable tourism

               •   Increasing the benefits of tourism

               •   Developing quality visitor destinations

               •   Sustaining local based businesses

               •   Improving the Park’s infrastructure

       4.4     The policies and proposals relating to the priorities above are generally in
               accordance with and supportive of “Making Stirling Work”, the Council’s
               Economic Development Strategy.              The last priority, improving the
               infrastructure of the Park, is wide ranging and could involve calls on resources.
               Recent SEFV/Council work on employment land and premises has identified a
               shortfall, and failure in addressing this constraint could impact on partners’
               ability to deliver “Making Stirling Work'’.

               Development Plan

       4.5     The Plan recognises the existing development plans and the role of the
               Structure Plan; the current work on the Review of the Structure Plan will have
               to reflect the Park Plan. Some indications of the future development planning
               for the Park are indicated, especially the role of Callander, in serving the wider
               Stirling area and improved design quality in new developments.

       4.6     While the Plan in many places recognises that the Park will have an impact
               beyond the Park, some aspects such as water body management for
               recreational use are not developed and this could have an impact on areas
               such as the Carron Valley.

               Transport

       4.7     The policies, and the work of the National Park Transport Group, are wide
               ranging and cover all aspects of transport although some economy and safety
               aspects have not been addressed. Certain requirements which can be
               supported impact on the Council, include public transport links with Glasgow
               Airport, Demand Responsive Transport and Recreational Leaflets linked to
               public transport.

       4.8     The policies relating to public transport are currently more aspirational than
               resource based, however, these should be developed over time to be
               increasingly action orientated. The Access and Parking policies reflect the
               Council’s Parking Strategy, however, issue is taken with comments on pricing;
               the scope for developing park and ride requires investigation.

       4.9     The management of the Road infrastructure will require resources, especially
               if higher design standards are required and this is unlikely to be prioritised in
               the current circumstances, unless additional funds are made available.

N:\DEMSUPP\NewDecisions\Scouncil\Reports\SC20051006nationalpark.doc
               Implementation

       4.10    The Plan suggests that a group of senior officials (Chief Executives?) be
               established to implement the Plan as the Park Authority has to work in
               partnership and the Plan has a bearing on all public bodies. Such an
               arrangement will no doubt stretch resources, especially as the size of the Park
               and the number of agencies (4 local authorities) is considerable. Alternative
               arrangements such as an annual conference would be preferable. The
               monitoring arrangements are also likely to be considerably onerous, especially
               given the wide ranging and extensive amount of policies. The comprehensive
               nature of the Plan may prove to be overly sophisticated and undermine its
               effectiveness.

               Conclusion

       4.11    While the Plan is large and complex, it reflects a considerable body of sound
               work, however, the scale of the work undertaken has resulted in core
               messages being unclear and sense of priorities obscured, for example, the
               major outdoor recreation activity strategy for the Park is on Pages 188-194,
               (filling less than 2% of the document) and this to some would be the most
               important part of the Plan.

       4.12    This is the first Scottish National Park Plan and is to be welcomed and
               celebrated as being the culmination of one of the Council’s long standing
               corporate objectives, and the criticism above has to be viewed in that light and
               not seen as detracting from this important milestone.



5      POLICY IMPLICATIONS

       5.1     The proposals accord with Council’s strategic aims.



6      CONSULTATIONS

       6.1     All Members and Services.



7      RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS

       7.1     The implementation of the final Park Plan will inevitably have implications for
               budget priorities.



8      BACKGROUND PAPERS

       8.1     Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park Authority – National Park Plan
               (Consultative Draft)

       8.2     Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park Authority – State of the Park.




N:\DEMSUPP\NewDecisions\Scouncil\Reports\SC20051006nationalpark.doc
Author(s)
Name                             Designation                          Tel No/Extension

Mick Stewart                     Head of Planning &                   01786 442958
                                 Regulation



Approved by
Name                             Designation                          Signature

Arthur Nicholls                  Director of Environment
                                 Services



Date        23 December 2005                    Reference       REP615SC




N:\DEMSUPP\NewDecisions\Scouncil\Reports\SC20051006nationalpark.doc

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Stats:
views:8
posted:3/12/2010
language:English
pages:4
Description: LOCH LOMOND AND TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK PLAN