The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 placed a duty on the Council to develop a Core Paths Plan which should be sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout the county. The core paths will not only help the public enjoy the outdoors on foot, bicycle, horse and canoe, but also assist landowners and farmers in their management of access, particularly over agricultural land.
The Core Paths Plan was developed through consultation with local communities, the Access Forum, Scottish Natural Heritage and other key stakeholders. A Candidate Core Paths Plan was drawn up in October 2007 and received a number of comments. Based on these comments the plan was then amended in July 2008 to produce the Final Draft Core Paths Plan which went to a formal consultation.
The formal consultation generated a number of comments and formal objections, and in light of these, further amendments were made to the plan. The finalised Clackmannanshire Core Paths Plan was adopted by council on the 4th June 2009.
The Core Paths Plan was subjected to a Strategic Environmental Assessment to identify the impacts the Plan is likely to have on the wider environment. It was shown that the Plan is likely to have both positive and neutral impacts, with no negative impacts being identified. Read the full Environmental Assessment and Annexes.
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