Date: 20/03/2019 | Commercial Property, Energy & Natural Resources
The contents of the report are highly critical in places. The SLC refer to instances of large concentrations of land ownership leading to power being abused and there being a “land monopoly” which hampers economic development and causes harm to rural communities. As a result, the SLC has recommended to the Scottish Government that significant reform should be made. Recommendations include that there should be:-
The Scottish Government have welcomed the report and will consider the SLC’s recommendations in the coming months.
However, Scottish Land & Estates, which has represented Scottish landowners and rural business for over 100 years, are concerned that the report does not reflect on the positive impact made by rural business to rural areas and its communities, nor does it focus on issues being caused by land use – it concentrates on land ownership.
The report in full, along with the SLC’s recommendations can be accessed here.
Only time will tell how, and to what degree, the Scottish Government will implement the SLC’s recommendations. Taken together with the greater rights to acquire land that communities will soon have by virtue of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (once fully enacted) and already have in terms of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, there may be uncertain times ahead for land ownership in Scotland.
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