Date lodged: 21 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to extend the boundaries of the national parks and what criteria it uses when reaching such decisions.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 4 October 2016
There are no current plans to extend the boundaries of Scotland’s National Parks. Any proposal would require a robust business case demonstrating the benefits, including strong local authority and community support and delivery of the criteria set out in the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000. Proposals would be subject to consultation and require changes to existing National Park Designation Orders to be approved by the Scottish Parliament.