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March 27, 2013

How radical could land reform become?

When the land reform legislation passed through Scottish Parliament, some of the more hysterical reactions in the press forewarned of ‘Mugabe’ style land-grabs.  Ten years on, we’ve yet to see the first successful ‘hostile’ right to buy, and while Scotland’s community land owners are a growing movement in their own right, the dominant pattern of land ownership remains as concentrated as ever.  How committed is the Scottish Government towards truly radical reform?   Perhaps the First Minister has just offered a signal as to which way he is inclined.


How radical could land reform become?

Community Land Scotland has today announced that the First Minister is to be their keynote speaker at their annual conference in Skye in June.

Welcoming the First Minister’s attendance, David Cameron, Chairman of Community Land Scotland said,

“I am delighted the First Minister has accepted our invitation to be our keynote conference speaker. His attendance symbolises the growing recognition within the Scottish Government of community land owning as a key driver in regenerating communities.

The Conference falls shortly after the interim report of the Land Reform Review Group is due to be published and provides the First Minister with an ideal opportunity to both re-affirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to further land reform and perhaps to set out some of the practical steps the Scottish Government will take to advance that cause. We are already looking forward to what he will have to say.”

The Community Land Scotland Annual Conference will take place at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye on the 7th and 8th June 2013.