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Geographic Information Science and Analysis Team (GI-SAT)

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Victoria Quay, EH6 6QQ Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Spatial data relating to the Land Use theme published by the Scottish Government

Available map layers (3)

Urban Rural Classification 2013-2014 (Urban Rural Classification 2013-2014)

The Scottish Government (SG) Urban Rural Classification provides a consistent way of defining urban and rural areas across Scotland. The classification is based upon two main criteria: (i) population as defined by National Records of Scotland (NRS), and (ii) accessibility based on drive time analysis to differentiate between accessible and remote areas in Scotland. The classification is available in a two, three, six or eight fold form. The two-fold classification simply distinguishes between urban and rural areas through two categories, urban and rural, while the three-fold classification splits the rural category between accessible and remote. Most commonly used is the 6-fold classification which distinguishes between urban, rural, and remote areas through six categories. The 8-fold classification further distinguishes between remote and very remote regions. The Classification is normally updated on a biennial basis, with the boundaries represented in this particular dataset reflective of the years 2013 to 2014.

Urban Rural Classification 2011-2012 (Urban Rural Classification 2011-2012)

The Scottish Government (SG) Urban/Rural Classification provides a consistent way of defining urban and rural areas across Scotland. The classification is based upon two main criteria: (i) population as defined by National Records of Scotland (NRS), and (ii) accessibility based on drive time analysis to differentiate between accessible and remote areas in Scotland. The classification is available in two forms, a 6-fold classification which distinguishes between urban, rural, and remote areas through six categories, and an 8-fold classification which further distinguishes between remote and very remote regions. The population criteria is derived from the Settlements dataset produced by NRS, which defines areas of contiguous high population density postcodes that make up a Settlement. Using the population thresholds of 125,000, 10,000 and 3,000 people, Settlements can be grouped into the following categories: (1) Large Urban Areas - population greater than 125,000 (2) Other Urban Areas - populations between 10,000 and 125,000 (3) Small Towns - populations between 3,000 and 10,000 (4) Rural Areas - populations less than 3,000 Accessibility is measured in terms of drive times to an urban area. This was done by calculating a 30 minute drive time from the population weighted centroid of Settlements with a population of 10,000 or more (i.e. Large and Other Urban Areas). For the 8-fold Urban/Rural Classification, an additional 60 minute drive time was also calculated. The drive time analysis was performed using specialist GIS software (ESRI ArcGIS, ProTerritory extension). Results of the analysis allowed for areas to be classified in terms of accessibility by the following categories: (1) Accessible - Areas within a 30 minute drive time of a Settlement with a population of 10,000 or more. (2) Remote - Areas that are more than a 30 minute drive time (6-fold classification), or areas that have a drive time between 30 and 60 minutes (8-fold classification) from a Settlement with a population of 10,000 or more. (3) Very Remote - Areas that are more than a 60 minute drive time from a Settlement with a population of 10,000 or more (8-fold classification only). Combining both the population and accessibility measures, a Scotland-wide Urban/Rural Classification is defined. The 6-fold classification distinguishes between urban, rural and remote areas by the following categories: (1) Large Urban Areas - Settlements of over 125,000 people. (2) Other Urban Areas - Settlements of 10,000 to 125,000 people. (3) Accessible Small Towns - Settlements of between 3,000 and 10,000 people, and within a 30 minute drive time of a Settlement of 10,000 or more. (4) Remote Small Towns - Settlements of between 3,000 and 10,000 people, and with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a Settlement of 10,000 or more. (5) Accessible Rural Areas - Areas with a population of less than 3,000 people, and within a 30 minute drive time of a Settlement of 10,000 or more. (6) Remote Rural Areas - Areas with a population of less than 3,000 people, and with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a Settlement of 10,000 or more. An 8-fold classification is also defined, which distinguishes between Remote and Very Remote areas by the addition of a 60 minute drive time threshold. The categories for the 8-fold classification are as follows: (1) Large Urban Areas - Settlements of over 125,000 people. (2) Other Urban Areas - Settlements of 10,000 to 125,000 people. (3) Accessible Small Towns - Settlements of between 3,000 and 10,000 people, and within a 30 minute drive time of a Settlement of 10,000 or more. (4) Remote Small Towns - Settlements of between 3,000 and 10,000 people, and with a drive time between 30 and 60 minutes to a Settlement of 10,000 or more. (5) Very Remote Small Towns - Settlements of between 3,000 and 10,000 people, and with a drive time of over 60 minutes to a Settlement of 10,000 or more. (6) Accessible Rural Areas - Areas with a population of less than 3,000 people, and within a drive time of 30 minutes to a Settlement of 10,000 or more. (7) Remote Rural Areas - Areas with a population of less than 3,000 people, and with a drive time of between 30 and 60 minutes to a Settlement of 10,000 or more. (8) Very Remote Rural Areas - Areas with a population of less than 3,000 people, and with a drive time of over 60 minutes to a Settlement of 10,000 or more. The Scottish Government Urban/Rural Classification is normally updated on a biennial basis, with the boundaries represented in this particular dataset reflective of the years 2011 to 2012.

Prime Agricultural Land (Prime Agricultural Land)

This dataset comes from an amalgamation of classes 1 and 2 of the MLURI Land capability classificaton. LCA Class 1 - Land capable of producing a very wide range of crops LCA Class 2 - Land capable of producing a wide range of crops Land Capability for Agriculture maps at 1:250K scale were produced and published in 1982. These maps provided a national and regional appreciation of the location and areal extent of the Land Capability for Agriculture classes and were specifically designed for strategic planning purposes. More detailed maps of the main arable areas of Scotland were carried out and published in the mid 1980's. These covered classes 1, 2 and 3.1. The purpose of these maps was to assist planners and agricultural officers in assessing cases made for development and determining priorities in relation to retaining areas of high quality agricultural land.

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