River Tay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Guidance

Closed 16 Mar 2020

Opened 17 Feb 2020

Feedback expected 27 May 2020


The River Tay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Guidance relates to the protection of the River Tay Special Area of Conservation catchment. SACs are the highest wildlife designations and are part of the Natura 2000 network - a series of internationally important wildlife sites throughout the European Union. The guidance provides advice on the types developments that may impact the SAC and sets out the types of information and safeguards to be provided in support of planning applications. The document was prepared in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

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Why We Are Consulting

The River Tay Special Area of Conservation Guidance was last updated by Perth & Kinross Council in November 2016. This consultation draft is a technical update of the existing 2016 guidance with a rationalised catchment boundary.

This consultation will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to make comment on the proposed changes to the adopted Guidance. All responses to the consultation will be fully considered and will be used to inform any further modifications.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Based on the criteria that are set out in the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, we concluded that the proposed changes to the guidance are likely to have no or minimal environmental effects. Our Pre-screening Notification sets this out in more detail. 

Who Is Consulting

Perth & Kinross Council, Housing & Environment Service, Planning & Development, Development Plans Team.

Who Can Comment

Anyone can comment, including:

  • Developers
  • Agents
  • Communities & Community groups
  • Third Sector Organisations
  • Others involved with planning applications

How To Comment

You can respond online by clicking on the link below. Alternatively, you can send your comments to developmentplan@pkc.gov.uk  or by post to the Local Development Plan Team, Perth & Kinross Council, Housing & Environment Service, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD.

Our privacy notice  explains how the information you provide in your response will be used. If you would like to respond online please click on the "I agree" button below  to indicate that:

  •     you have read the privacy notice
  •     you agree to take part

What Happens Next

This consultation has now closed. Your comments are valuable because they will be used to shape the final version of the guidance.

The Council will consider the issues raised in the comments that were made during the consultation. We will prepare a report setting out the comments we received and an explanation of how these comments were taken into account when preparing and finalising the guidance. The finalised guidance will be issued and adopted and will be used when determining planning applications.


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  • Action Partnership Locality - Highland
  • Action Partnership Locality - Kinross-shire
  • Action Partnership Locality - Perth City
  • Action Partnership Locality - Strathearn and Strathallan
  • Action Partnership Locality - Strathtay
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  • Ward 2 - Strathmore
  • Ward 4 - Highland
  • Ward 5 - Strathtay
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  • Developers/Investors
  • Environmental Groups
  • Local Authorities (External)
  • Partner Agencies
  • PKC Employees
  • Professional Bodies
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  • Rural Communities
  • Stakeholder Organisations
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  • MSPs, MPs, MEPs


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  • Development
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