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Recently closed consultations

Consultation results are set out in our closed consultation reports.

1 Overview

Our consultation periods last between four to eight weeks. The consultations are open to the public for comment during this time.

After closing, all feedback from the consultation period is reviewed and compiled in a consultation report.

Visit our publications section for closed consultation reports.

2 Revised guidance on local landscape designations

Historic Environment Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage invited comments on revised guidance on Local Landscape Areas (LLAs).

LLAs are scenic areas of high local value. Local authorities often give these landscapes a designation to protect them from damage and inappropriate development.

The revised guidance aims to help Planning Authorities identify or review their local landscape designation, and maximise their benefits. Councils use the guidance when preparing local development plans to ensure special qualities are safeguarded and enjoyed by the community. The planning tool can also help communities identify and celebrate landscapes which are especially valued locally.

Your feedback

Thank you for giving your feedback on the revised guidance.

This consultation closed on 3 March 2017 and the consultation report is being prepared.

For further details, contact LLA@snh.gov.uk.

3 An Asset Management Approach to the Historic Environment

We invited comments on a new guidance note for government departments, local authorities, public bodies and those with large estates with multiple historic environment assets.

The document is an adaptation and expansion of Chapter 5 of the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP), December 2011. SHEP was replaced in June 2016 by the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement (HESPS). Chapter 5 of SHEP was not replicated in HESPS, and we produced the standalone guidance note on Asset Management in response

Your feedback

Thank you for taking the time to offer your comments and advice.

This consultation closed on 23 March 2017 and the consultation report is being prepared.

4 Asset Transfer and Historic Environment Scotland

We recently published an interim policy on how we will facilitate Asset Transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and invited communities to feedback on the guidance we are providing.

Under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, community bodies have the right to request the transfer of land and other assets to community ownership. Community bodies can make an Asset Transfer Request for assets owned or leased by us, or that we manage on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

Your feedback

We appreciate your feedback on the guidance and register.

This consultation closed at Friday 24 March 2017 and the policy is currently being revised.

5 The Inventory of Historic Battlefields

We invited your feedback on our Inventory of Historic Battlefields. This is a list of nationally important battlefields in Scotland and there are currently 40 historic battlefields on the inventory.

We asked for your feedback on how the Inventory of Historic Battlefields has been working within the planning system since it was created in 2011 and how members of the public are using the inventory.

Your feedback

Thank you for taking the time to offer your comments and advice.

This consultation closed on Wednesday 4 May 2017 and the consultation report is being prepared.

6 Draft Gaelic Language Plan 2018 – 2023

In Autumn 2017, we invited comments on our draft Gaelic Language Plan 2018 – 2023.

The draft plan seeks to build upon our success with Gaelic, which includes the incorporation of Gaelic into 29 of our sites, a learning program that has benefitted over 4,000 pupils and teachers and a strong portfolio of Gaelic media content for adult learners.

The draft plan includes five new priorities for Gaelic:

  1. Promoting Gaelic as part of the historic environment
  2. Supporting the National Gaelic Language Plan 2017 – 2022
  3. Supporting Gaelic Medium Education
  4. Establishing and promoting the value of Gaelic
  5. Honouring past commitments and forming new partnerships 

Your feedback

More than 270 people took the time to offer comments and advice on the plan.

This consultation closed on Tuesday 31 October 2017 and the consultation report is currently being prepared for early 2018.

We aim to launch our new Gaelic Language Plan in 2018.

For queries on the Gaelic Language Plan, please email our Gaelic Language and Policy Officer at gaelicconsultation@hes.scot.