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Inventory status and development: gardens and designed landscapes

Find out what Inventory status means in the planning process.

Sites included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes don’t have the statutory protection that listed buildings and scheduled monuments do.

Inventory status does, however, mean that a site’s cultural significance can be taken into account in the planning process.

Planning authorities consult Historic Environment Scotland about developments they believe might affect an Inventory site.

Like other parts of the historic environment, gardens and designed landscapes are a fragile and finite resource. They are vulnerable to a range of impacts that can diminish their value and potential.

Learn about the effects of Inventory status on owners

View the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes (available in English and Gaelic)