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January 11, 2017

A statement of long term intent

During the consultation leading up to last year’s Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, the proposal to receive the highest level of support (87% of respondents), was that Scottish Government should publish a Statement of Land Rights and Responsibilities.  This Statement is intended to provide a coherent framework of guiding principles and a vision of where land reform is heading in the future. If framed in the correct way, it could provide the long term momentum for land reform that many feel has been missing in the past. The consultation closes on 10th March.


Scottish Government

World-leading vision for land rights and responsibilities takes shape.

People can have their say on the shape of the future of ownership, management and use of land and buildings in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is today opening a consultation on the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, which will underpin a range of Scottish Government strategies related to land rights and responsibilities.

It will support a commitment to build a fairer society in Scotland and promote environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and social justice.

The statement is also likely to have a significant impact on the work of the new Scottish Land Commission which becomes operational in April.

Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said:

“The Land and Rights and Responsibilities Statement is a world-leading undertaking, which will be central to the Government’s commitment to long-term land reform.

“Land reform is concerned with both urban and rural communities and impacts on every single person in Scotland.  This consultation will give everyone the opportunity to shape the future of our land to create a fairer and more prosperous nation.

“Our vision is that the ownership, management and use of land and buildings in Scotland should contribute to the collective benefit of the people of Scotland. A fair, inclusive and productive system of land rights and responsibilities should deliver greater public benefits and promote economic, social and cultural rights.

“Moreover, the Statement will be the basis for a strong and consistent vision running through Government policy and the work of the new Scottish Land Commission.”

Further details about the consultation are available online: click here