The latest research conducted by Savills Planning and research institute Inherit for the Scottish government identified the ‘live-ability’ of rural areas as a key challenge, particularly in remote and sparsely populated areas.
The study suggested that mixed-used developments could be transformative if planning provides flexibility.
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Other challenges for rural areas identified in the research included the supply of land for development, the persistent depopulation of sparsely populated areas, climate change and conservation.
Debbie Mackay, director at Savills Planning, said: “Engagement with rural communities has helped us explore how planning policy can support strong and vibrant rural communities, and to understand what types of developments are likely to have a truly transformative impact.”
The study was commissioned by the Scottish government in preparation for the National Planning Framework, NPF4.