Rural Opportunity Areas - Landscape Studies

 
The principle objective of these studies is to undertake a detailed assessment of the landscape character and scenic quality, and then outline the opportunities and constraints for (predominately) new housing development.

The studies focus entirely on the capacity of the landscape, in terms of it's landscape character, the scenic quality of the area, and the potential opportunities provided by the landscape for appropriate new development. The studies therefore do not take into account land ownership or land availability, nor any other interests, such as infrastructure or archaeological interests. As a result they cannot be used in isolation to identify sites which are either appropriate or inappropriate for development.

A hard copy of any study can be requested, charges to cover printing, administrative costs and postage are as follows:-

AreaCharge
Bute and Cowal£23.75
Mull£11.30
North and South Kintyre

£13.65

Lorn£27.05
Mid-Argyll and Inveraray£17.20
Islay£8.95

Alternatively you can download the PDF versions of the relevant studies from below.

Isle of Mull Landscape Capacity Study (December 2009)

This Landscape Capacity Study was commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, and was carried out by Gilliespies Landscape Architects 

  • Mull Landscape Capacity Study (Part 1)  - Part 1 of the Landscape Capacity Study for Mull - Methodology, Landscape Character of Mull, the Map Key, Site Reference Map and the Rural Opportunity Area Assessments for Sites 1 - 9
  • Mull Landscape Capacity Study (Part 2)  - Part 2 of the Landscape Capacity Study for Mull - the Map Key, Site Reference Map and the Rural Opportunity Area Assessments for Sites 10 - 16

Mull (Loch na Keal) Landscape Capacity Study (May 2006)

This Landscape Capacity Study for Mull (Loch na Keal) was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage and Argyll and Bute Council and undertaken on behalf of the Council by Anderson, Bell, Christie Architects. 

  • Mull (Loch na Keal) (Part 1) - Part 1 of the Landscape Capacity Study for Mull (Loch na Keal) - contains Table of Contents, Introduction, Methodology, Identifying Opportunities and Constraints, Settlements in Loch na Keal NSA: An Overview and Loch na Keal NSA: Identifying Study Areas
  • Mull (Loch na Keal) (Part 2) - Part 2 of the Landscape Capacity Study for Mull (Loch na Keal) - contains Loch na Keal NSA: Identifying Study Areas and Inner Loch na Keal
  • Mull (Loch na Keal) (Part 3) - Part 3 of the Landscape Capacity Study for Mull (Loch na Keal) - contains Settlements in Loch na Keal NSA: An Overview and Outer Loch na Keal
  • Mull (Loch na Keal) (Part 4) - Part 4 of the Landscape Capacity Study for Mull (Loch na Keal) - contains Loch na Keal NSA: Identifying Study Areas and Inner Loch Tuath
  • Mull (Loch na Keal) (Part 5) - Part 4 of the Landscape Capacity Study for Mull (Loch na Keal) - contains Loch na Keal NSA: Identifying Study Areas and Outer Loch Tuath

Jura Landscape Capacity Study (November 2007)

This landscape capacity assessment for Jura was commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, with additional support from Scottish Natural Heritage, and was carried out by Alison Grant, Landscape Architect.

  Lorn and the Inner Isles Landscape Capacity Study (February 2010)This Landscape Capacity Study for Lorn and the Inner Isles was commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, and was carried out by Gilliespies Landscape Architects

Mid Argyll and Inveraray Landscape Capacity Study (March 2010)This Landscape Capacity Study was commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, and was carried out by Gilliespies Landscape Architects

North and South Kintyre Landscape Capacity Study (Feb 2010)This landscape capacity study was commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, and was carried out by Gilliespies Landscape Architects.

  Islay  Landscape Capacity Study (May 2010)
This landscape capacity study was commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, and was carried out by Gilliespies Landscape Architects.

  Bute and Cowal Landscape Capacity Study (Oct 2010)

This landscape capacity study was commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, and was carried out by Gilliespies Landscape Architects.