Policy & Lobbying

Policy Document Index

  • 15/12/2017 - Compulsory Purchase Order National Assembly
      Local authorities and other stakeholders took part in a conference much of which was intended to help attendees better understand CPO procedures and empower acquiring authorities to use them. Minister for Housing and Local Government Kevin Stewart gave the keynote address and it was very much in the tone of getting acq
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  • 15/12/2017 - SRUC skills summit
    This week saw Scotland’s Rural College host three regional Skills Summits in Edinburgh, Inverurie and Dumfries. The events were to allow SRUC to engage in dialogue with key stakeholders, including Scottish Land & Estates, to help identify how SRUC might best meet industry needs in each region.
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  • 14/12/2017 - CNPA Delivery Group Meeting
    Cairngorms National Park Partnership members met with CNPA senior team on Tuesday in Grantown to discuss upcoming developments in the Park.   1. Cairngorms Connect, an exciting 200 year vision aiming at habitat restoration across 600 sqkm of the Park. between the Forestry Commission, SNH, RSPB and Wildland Ltd, owne
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  • 14/12/2017 - Glorious Gardens 2 project - Scotland's Garden and Landscape Heritage with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP)
    "Glorious Gardens 2” (GG2) is a project, being run by Scotland's Garden and Landscape Heritage with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) to develop a conservation strategy and landowner guidance notes for the historic gardens up and down the CAVLP area.  Phase 1 of Glorious Gardens resulted in detailed r
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  • 14/12/2017 - South Lanarkshire Local Access Forum
    South Lanarkshire have released dates for Local Access Forum meetings for 2018. The meetings are normally held at Chatelherault Country Park. Capacity is limited therefore if you are interested in attending please contact Alan Bannister, Access and Development Officer for South Lanarkshire Council at Alan.Bannister@southlanar
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  • 14/12/2017 - South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project – Launched
    The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project was launched on Tuesday 12th December by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. The project is a partnership of RSPB Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Buccleuch, who h
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  • 14/12/2017 - Launch of Galloway National Park Association Discussions Document
    Galloway National Park Association launched its discussions document and leaflet this week, with a special event at the Galloway Activity Centre in Loch Ken. The launch marks the start of an ambitious community engagement process running through the end of spring 2018. The Association was formed in May 2017 and has been r
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  • 14/12/2017 - A Consultation on the Beavers in Scotland Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report (May 2017)
    Scottish Ministers announced on 24 November 2016 that the beaver populations in Knapdale in Argyll and in the Tay and Earn catchments could remain in Scotland subject to satisfactory completion of a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). These assessments have now been carried ou
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  • 13/12/2017 - Restaurants urged to check Venison Dealers Licences to help curtail deer poaching
    The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime is calling on hotels and restaurants to check where they get their venison, to ensure they’re not breaking the law or endangering their customers’ health. It’s part of the battle against illegal deer poaching in Scotland - a criminal activity which can also cause additio
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  • 13/12/2017 - Galloway glens land lottery jackpot
    A project to care for the landscape of south west Scotland and reconnect people with its "natural beauty" has landed a £2.73m grant. The support comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).   The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership will see villages and communities conserve and restore "the built and natural her
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  • 11/12/2017 - Questionnaire on the contribution of landowners to other people’s enjoyment of the outdoors
    The European Landowners’ Organisation along with other EU level organisations have developed a questionnaire which seeks to gather information on the extent to which land owners and managers contribute to others enjoyment of the outdoors.   The questionnaire calls these benefits to society “cultural ecosystem ser
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  • 11/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 11 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 11 December 2017.
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  • 11/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 04 - 08 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 04 - 08 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 11/12/2017 - Current consultations - 11 December 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 08/12/2017 - Amendments made to Forestry and Land Management Bill
      The Rural Economy Committee this week considered Stage 2 amendments to the Forestry and Land Management Bill.  There are a substantial number of amendments proposed – 136 in total – and as such it was not possible for the Committee to cover them all in one sitting.  A second session will therefore take place on 1
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  • 07/12/2017 - Local Governance Review
    Communities are to have their say on how more decisions can be taken at a local level. The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly launched a Local Governance Review, which will make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run. The review will involve hearing from communities a
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  • 07/12/2017 - Planning Bill published
    New legislation intended to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart. The Planning (Scotland) Bill builds on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year. Although yet to be announced the lead committee for scrutinising the
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  • 07/12/2017 - Planning application decision times published
    Statistics on quarterly planning performance in Scotland have been released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. The overall average decision time for all local applications (8.8 weeks for 6,967 applications) has decreased for the second consecutive quarter and is the quickest average time for any quarter since the start of th
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  • 07/12/2017 - Development Plan Approval
    Registers of Scotland has launched a new free service primarily aimed at residential housing developments.  Further details on Development Plan Approval can be found here...
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  • 07/12/2017 - Land Lines: The housing land market in Scotland
    The Scottish Land Commission has commissioned a series of independent discussion papers on key land reform issues.  The papers are intended to stimulate public debate and to inform the Commission’s longer term research priorities.  The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the
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  • 07/12/2017 - Fees for monitoring surface coal mining sites
    The Scottish Government has introduced a new provision for planning authorities to be paid a fee for monitoring surface coal mining sites. The new Circular states that “Effective monitoring of a site and the conditions that are attached to it is vital, in order to ensure that on-going operations are in line with the plannin
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  • 06/12/2017 - Financial Statements
    The UK Treasury has announced that there will be a Spring statement on 13 March 2018.   The Chancellor will not make significant tax or spending announcements at the Spring Statement, unless the economic circumstances require it.To fit in with an autumn Budget the process for the publication of consultations and draft le
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  • 06/12/2017 - Agricultural Weather Advisory Panel meets
    A new panel to help farmers become more resilient to weather shocks met for the first time this week. [read more] The panel was announced by Rural Economy Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing at AgriScot.  Speaking about the first meeting of the panel, Mr Ewing said, : “Having announced the formation of the new agricultural
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  • 06/12/2017 - Grouse Moor Licensing and Fox Hunting
    SNP delegates have backed a motion by its National Council calling for the SNP Scottish Government to come out in support of establishing a licensing system for driven grouse estates as part of efforts to tackle wildlife crime. The SNP National Council also moved to effectively proscribe fox hunting by making it illegal f
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  • 06/12/2017 - Trust Registration Service
    The Trust Registration Service a central electronic register with up to date information relating to individual trusts and complex estates which have a liability to tax has been set up.  There are strict deadlines for providing information, depending upon commencement of the trust, the first of which is 5th January 2018.  M
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  • 05/12/2017 - Unauthorised mountain bike trails present problems for farms and rural estates
    Problems created by the unauthorised construction of mountain bike trails in Scotland is being highlighted in a new awareness campaign. Care for the Countryside, an initiative organised by Scottish Land & Estates, is warning of the safety risks posed by poorly constructed self-built trails. The past decade has wi
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  • 05/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 04 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 04 December 2017.
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  • 05/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 27 November - 01 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 27 November - 01 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 05/12/2017 - Current consultations - 04 December 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 01/12/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
    NHS 24 presented at the most recent meeting of the National Rural Mental Health Forum this week. NHS 24 highlighted work it has been doing to address mental health and wellbeing issues within its service but was keen to identify areas where they could do more.   Specifically NHS 24 would like feedback on the followin
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  • 30/11/2017 - Implications for Rural Scotland of leaving the EU
    On Wednesday the National Council of Rural Advisers put out an interim report detailing the implications for rural Scotland of leaving the EU.  The full report can be found here... On the 22 June the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity announced the setting up of the National Council of Rur
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  • 30/11/2017 - CLA Rural Business Conference 2017
    The CLA England & Wales held their annual Rural Business conference in London this week, where attendees heard from a wide range of speakers, including Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Michael Gove. The focus of the conference was on the future of land use, and how landowners are finding new way
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  • 30/11/2017 - Chance to comment on plans for Perth & Kinross
    The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) for Perth and Kinross will be published on 1 December 2017.  Read more...  
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  • 30/11/2017 - Enterprise and Skills Board revealed
    The advisory panel of business and economic representatives tasked with creating a fresh strategy for enterprise and skills support in Scotland has been unveiled. The Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board, which will meet for the first time on 13 December, will work to maximise output from public sector investment in these ar
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  • 30/11/2017 - First National Chef appointed
        A National Chef has been appointed to help take forward plans to make Scotland a Good Food Nation, not only in terms of produce but also what people buy, serve and eat. Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing has announced that the winner of BBC Masterchef: The Professionals 2016, Gary Maclean has been
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  • 30/11/2017 - Industrial Strategy points to agriculture as a key area for investment
    UK Business Secretary Greg Clark launched a UK Industrial Strategy White Paper on Monday of this week, which picks up on the important role investment in new technology, particularly robotics, will play in farming’s future. A review of how UK and Scottish Government agencies can better collaborate to support business in
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  • 30/11/2017 - Clear vision set by Michael Gove MP at CLA conference
    The Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove MP, gave the key note address at the CLA’s London Rural Business conference on Tuesday.  He made it clear that agriculture will need to stand on its own two feet without the support of subsidy payments, but that public funding will be given for the deli
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  • 30/11/2017 - Crown Estates Scotland farmers to trial ‘valuing’ nature
    Two estates in Moray, which are run by Crown Estate Scotland, are to take part in a pioneering project to assess the value of natural assets to help them make decisions that will protect the environment and the land that they work on. The pilot will cover the entire 23,000 hectare Glenlivet Estate, an upland tenant farm on th
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  • 30/11/2017 - Crown Estates Scotland farmers to trial ‘valuing’ nature
    Two estates in Moray, which are run by Crown Estate Scotland, are to take part in a pioneering project to assess the value of natural assets to help them make decisions that will protect the environment and the land that they work on. The pilot will cover the entire 23,000 hectare Glenlivet Estate, an upland tenant farm on th
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  • 30/11/2017 - Broadband Delivery Bypassing Scottish Government
    There has been significant press this week about the provision of broadband following MP Matt Hancock’s announcement that future funding would go directly to Scottish Local Authorities rather than to Scottish Government. The responsibilities and delivery success remain unclear with UK Government and Scottish Government are
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  • 30/11/2017 - Crofting Consultation Response
    Scottish Land & Estates submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of crofting law. We have been engaged with the Bill Team for some time now through the stakeholder groups and hosting them at committee meetings and to a crofting estate.   SLE believes this opportunity must be take
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  • 30/11/2017 - Habitat Impact Assessment – funding support
    SNH has announced that it is making grants of £1,800 available to Deer Management Groups that support them in delivering agreed actions on Habitat Impact Assessment (HIA) as set out in their Deer Management Plans. This contribution can be used by DMGs to support delivery of three key phases: • Understanding the need for
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  • 30/11/2017 - Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards – Next Steps
    Following the publication of consultation responses, Scottish Government has confirmed how they will take the proposals forward. The Scottish Government has committed to introducing standards in the private rented sector to improve the energy efficiency of the least efficient properties. The standards and timescales will
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  • 30/11/2017 - Rural Housing Fund Extended
    The Housing Minister has agreed that the Rural and Islands Housing Funds will be extended from a three year period to a five year period (2016/17 to 2020/21). The guidance on the Scottish Government website will be updated shortly to reflect this. There will need to be a time limit set within the revised timescales for receip
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  • 30/11/2017 - Scottish firms lodge £5bn worth of business rates appeals
    Nearly a third of Scottish firms have appealed their business rates revaluation, totalling more than £5 billion, new figures have revealed. Businesses received their non-domestic rates valuation in April, with many warning the huge increases could force them to the wall and shed jobs. The SNP government has been seve
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  • 30/11/2017 - Highland Tourism Conference
    Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness hosted a major Highland Tourism Conference this week. Around 200 professionals, businesses and public sector reps attended the packed event. The focus of the event was Digital Tourism with presentations from leading Social Media guru Bonnie Bonnie Dubois  whose masterclass in the practical use
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  • 30/11/2017 - STA Tourism Scotland 2020 strategy update
    The Scottish Tourism Alliance has produce an e-publication which highlights the national tourism strategy, Tourism Scotland 2020, in action. This update will showcase some of the initiatives, large and small, with each edition focussed on a different strategic priority. The first edition focuses on ‘digital’.  
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  • 30/11/2017 - Heads Up For Harriers has best year in 2017
      As part of efforts to conserve hen harriers, 21 estates across Scotland joined the nest camera monitoring project, two thirds of which were driven grouse moors.  A total of 37 young successfully fledged from nests located on 7 of the estates, the highest number so far for the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Cr
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  • 30/11/2017 - Working for Waders: A Call for Volunteers
    Populations of wading birds like curlew, lapwing and oystercatcher have declined markedly across Scotland: since 1994, curlew have declined by 61%, lapwing by 53% and oystercatcher by 40%. Two workshops, held earlier in 2017, (the overview report is available here) highlighted that there was wide consensus on the need
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  • 28/11/2017 - Tax 24 - Furnished Holiday Lets and Tax for Individuals
    This infomration sheet provides an overview of local and national taxation for furnished holiday lets owned by individuals. 
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  • 28/11/2017 - Crofting Consultation Response - Reform of Crofting Law
    SLE submitted a response the the Scottish Government's Consultation of the Future of Crofting Law in November 2017. 
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  • 27/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 27 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 27 November 2017.
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  • 27/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 20 - 24 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 20 - 24 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 27/11/2017 - Current consultations - 27 November 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 24/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates statement on grouse moor management review
    Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding the Scottish Government’s announcement on the grouse moor management review. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The announcement of the membership of the expert group to look at grouse moor management is a significant step f
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  • 23/11/2017 - ADMG Meeting - 23 November 2017
    ADMG met today (Thursday 23 Nov) at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. Chairman Richard Cooke led a poignant tribute to Stephen Gibbs, who died last week and will be buried in Arran on Monday 27 November. The Agenda for the day included updates on Habitat Impact Assessments (including SNH financial support £1800.00per DM
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  • 23/11/2017 - UK Government Budget
    The UK Government Budget took place on Wednesday.  The full speech is here...   Headlines include: • Brexit - £3bn to be set aside across UK over next two years to prepare UK for every possible outcome as it leaves EU • VAT threshold for small businesses remain at £85,000 for two years artificial intellig
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  • 23/11/2017 - Partnership Agreement delivers fast fibre broadband for Auchengray
    Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax Improvement Foundation (WAT IF) are delighted to announce the signing of a Community Fibre Partnership agreement with BT which will see fast, fibre broadband extended to the Auchengray area.   As part of the 5% of the UK excluded from the national fibre broadband rollout, Auchengray
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  • 23/11/2017 - Introduction of an Infrastructure Charging Mechanism in Scotland: research project
    Sustainable economic growth and housing delivery are key priorities for the Scottish Government. To contribute towards this, the principles of an improved and fairer system, with greater transparency, certainty and efficiency needs to be considered to secure funds towards infrastructure delivery. This research project has
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  • 23/11/2017 - Consumer Future Unit publishes community engagement report
      The consumer futures unit has launched a new report setting out a clear framework to support effective community engagement activities during the delivery of measures to help mitigate flooding. The new report, Riding the Waves: Keeping the community on boards, is based on independent consumer research into the experien
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  • 23/11/2017 - Cairngorms National Park Consultation on Main Issues Report
    The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has started preparing its next Local Development Plan (LDP) which will direct development in the National Park for the period 2020-2025. CNPA have published a Main Issues Report for public consultation as part of this process.   The Main Issues Report seeks view on the bi
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  • 23/11/2017 - First progress report on Fairer Scotland Action Plan
    Public sector bodies now have a duty to consider what more they can do to reduce poverty and inequality when making decisions. The Fairer Scotland Duty, the first action in the Fairer Scotland Action Plan and the first of its kind in the UK, comes into force in April 2018. Public sector bodies including the Scottish Gover
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  • 23/11/2017 - Standard Assessment Procedure Consultation
    The UK Government’s response to a consultation they published in November last year that sought to make changes to the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) to measure energy efficiency has been published. The Government last made changes to SAP in 2012. A number of technical improvements are required to the system to keep
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  • 23/11/2017 - Partners welcome inclusion of Borderlands in Budget Statement
      Cross-border local authority partners have welcomed the inclusion of The Borderlands Initiative in the UK government’s budget statement. With Scottish Government support, this project overcomes political and cross-border differences to provide tremendous opportunities for the area’s future economic stability.
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  • 20/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 20 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 20 November 2017.
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  • 20/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 13 - 17 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 13 - 17 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 20/11/2017 - Current consultations - 20 November 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 17/11/2017 - AGRICULTURAL CHAMPIONS’ REPORT AN ‘IMPORTANT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION’
    November 17, 2017: Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said the report published today by Scotland’s Agricultural Champions on the future of farming is ‘an important step in the right direction’.   Scottish Land & Estates welcomed the report’s focus on areas such a
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  • 17/11/2017 - Year of Young People launched
      A major programme of events and activities to celebrate Scotland’s young people will take place in 2018, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced. A global first, the Year of Young People 2018 will provide a platform to showcase the personalities, talents and achievements of Scotland’s young people.  
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  • 17/11/2017 - Support for forest tourism
      The partnership organisation to support companies operating in the mountain biking sector has received new backing from the Scottish Government. Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced £50,000 for the Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland project for the coming year, to help deliver on a national strategic frame
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  • 17/11/2017 - Hill Track Maintenance
    Scottish Land & Estates is seeking input from members of their experiences in relation to maintenance of hill tracks. Specifically, we are seeking to gather evidence into what estates need to do on a daily basis in order to make sure tracks are in a suitable condition to be used safely, for example, filling pot holes, clearin
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  • 17/11/2017 - South of Scotland Economic Partnership
    The chair and lead officer for the new South of Scotland interim Economic Partnership have been announced. Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed Professor Russel Griggs OBE will be the private sector chair of the interim body, while Rob Dickson will co-ordinate the partnership’s day-to-day work. The Economic Partners
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  • 13/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 November 2017.
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  • 13/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 06 - 10 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 06 - 10 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 13/11/2017 - Current consultations - 13 November 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 10/11/2017 - Forestry and Land Management Bill debated in Parliament
    This week saw parliament debate Stage 1 of the Forestry and Land Management Bill.  The full debate can be viewed here...   Scottish Land & Estates provided written and oral evidence during the committee scrutiny process.  While we are confident many of our concerns will be addressed, we remain keen to see the propo
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  • 09/11/2017 - Tweed Valley tourism goal gains momentum
    A bid to boost the Scottish Borders economy by increasing visitor numbers has taken a step forward. Initial funding from the Scottish Government has been secured to develop a tourism based Business Improvement District (BID) in the Tweed Valley.   Read more…  
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  • 09/11/2017 - Landward - Yester Farm Dairies
      Scottish Land & Estates members Yester Farm Dairies were featured on this week’s BBC Landward programme, where they discussed diversification on the farm and the different products they now produce.   https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09cmcnc/landward-20172018-episode-21   
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  • 09/11/2017 - Hive Of Activity On Scottish Grouse Moors
    Scottish honey producers are working with grouse estates to enable bees to feed on the heather moorland in several parts of the country.  The Tomatin Moorland Group has commissioned a short film, A Bee’s Life on the Moor, which shows the successful partnership between estates and a local honey producer, Struan Apiaries.
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  • 09/11/2017 - A Nitrogen Budget for Scotland
    This week Andrew Midgley attended a meeting convened by Nourish Scotland to explore ideas for developing a Nitrogen Budget for Scotland. In the context of climate change and the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Climate Bill, Nourish and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland have asked for the Bill to include provisions that would
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  • 09/11/2017 - Code of Good Shooting Practice updated
    A new Code was launched earlier this year and hard copies are available.  Scottish Land & Estates is one of ten land and sporting organisations behind the Code which has proved successful in raising standards and promoting best practice.  Members are encouraged to observe the new Code as part of the system of self-regulatio
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  • 09/11/2017 - Forestry Commission updated guidance for firewood imports
    The Forestry Commission has provided updated guidance for firewood importers in England and Scotland.  Please click on the PDF below to see the full guidance.   
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  • 09/11/2017 - Community Land Scotland update
    Community Land Scotland (CLS) welcomed Coigach Community Development Company and Voluntary Action Barra & Vatersay into their membership. CLS will be starting a research project into the potential for more community landownership in urban areas next week. It is expected that findings will be published in a report in March 201
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  • 09/11/2017 - Argyll and Bute LDP2 Main Issues Report drop-in events
    Argyll and Bute Council has begun the Main Issues Report (MIA) stage of public consultation in preparation of its second Local Development Plan (LDP2). Members can find details of the proposals here. The MIA consultation will run for 8 weeks from Monday 16th October until Monday 11th December 2017.   There will be a
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  • 09/11/2017 - Contract award for A9 dualling
    The remote Slochd summit, the second highest point on the A9 at over 1,300 feet above sea level, will be included in the latest ground investigation contract for the A9 dualling programme award today. Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd will undertake the contract totalling over £2.7 million for the challenging 15-mile Dal
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  • 09/11/2017 - Green community ambitions
    Communities across the central belt can bring environmental and health benefits to their areas by bidding for a share of a fund worth up to £400,000. The 2018-19 round of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) funding will offer investment to projects promoting active travel, woodland planting, community growing and resto
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  • 09/11/2017 - Scottish Government Review Panel on Building Standards (Compliance and Enforcement) in Scotland
    A review panel has been set up following the Independent Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools (February 2017) (Cole Report) and the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017.   The Panel will review the building standards system in Scotland in relation to compliance and enforcement and make any
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  • 09/11/2017 - Pupils develop rural skills first hand
    The Perth & Kinross branch of the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) are working closely with Breadalbane Academy’s Rural Skills pupils and teacher Mr Woodrow to bring their learning to life on a working farm.   Sandy Thompson from West Park Farm, Aberfeldy (RHET volunteer and long-standing supporter of the Rura
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  • 09/11/2017 - Fire safety consultation
    People are being asked their views on how fire safety guidance can be improved. The review of the safety advice was agreed by the Ministerial Working Group (MWG) on Building and Fire Safety in Scotland, formed in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Premises with Sleeping Acc
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  • 09/11/2017 - SRA youth transport survey
    Scottish Rural Action (SRA) are reaching out to young Scots to find out how the cost of travel affects them in their work, studies and personal lives. Travel affects young people very differently in rural areas where public transport is often irregular, unreliable and expensive, compared to in urban areas where young people c
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  • 09/11/2017 - SNH funding for Long Distance Routes (LDR) improvements 2017-18
    SNH is providing another funding opportunity to remove barriers and improve accessibility on LDRs this financial year. As previously the scheme will target Scotland’s Great Trails and candidate SGTs, but other LDRs will be considered (and several LDR’s have already been funded through this project). Up to £10,000 is avai
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  • 09/11/2017 - Tackling Fuel Poverty
    People are being asked to give their views on a long-term strategy to tackle fuel poverty in a consultation which will run until 1 February 2018. The consultation will seek opinions on, among other things, ambitious targets for fuel poverty reduction – with a revised definition recommended by an independent, expert review
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  • 09/11/2017 - SNH resume a survey of beavers across their range in east-central Scotland
      SNH is to resume a survey of beavers across their range in east-central Scotland from mid - November 2017.  This will be a continuation of survey work started in summer 2017 at the request of Scottish Government to establish beaver numbers, and to support ongoing work on beavers.   The survey is founded on a repeat
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  • 08/11/2017 - Ayrshire estate supports action to address flytipping
    Landowners encourage Care for the Countryside in new campaign An Ayrshire estate is lending its support to a new campaign aimed at tackling flytipping and encouraging responsible access to Scotland’s countryside. Based near the village of Dalmellington, Craigengillan Estate has experienced problems with illegal
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  • 06/11/2017 - Small hydro providers count the cost of disproportionate proposed SEPA charges
    Small scale hydro production in Scotland faces further uncertainty over its future due to proposed new SEPA charges, businesses have warned. A new fee regime for the monitoring of hydro schemes, which has been placed for public consultation by SEPA, would see larger hydro providers have their costs reduced whilst smaller
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  • 06/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 06 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 06 November 2017.
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  • 06/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 30 October - 03 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 30 October - 03 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 06/11/2017 - Current consultations - 06 November 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 03/11/2017 - Local community land transfer in Skye
    An organisation in Skye is to become the first to acquire land under a new scheme to transfer publicly-owned forestry assets, to the benefit of local communities. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) launched the Community Asset Transfer Scheme earlier this year. Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA) applied to purchase lan
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  • 02/11/2017 - RHI Consultation Response - Part 2
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the second part of the UK government’s consultation on the Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: Further Proposed Amendments. Our full response can be accessed here. We have expressed a preference for improved enforcement rather than introducing restrictions to the scheme.
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