A long-awaited announcement on details of the review group on land reform has been made today by the First Minister.
Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates, which represents over 2,500 landowners in Scotland, commented in response:
“We were fully aware of the Scottish Government's manifesto commitment to review land reform and Scottish Land & Estates will play a positive and constructive role as part of the review.
“We are all striving for the best possible future for rural Scotland, one in which our members’ businesses can prosper, and in so doing continue to provide employment, housing, energy, community facilities and other essential components of rural sustainability”.
Dr Alison Elliot, who has extensive experience working in the community and voluntary sector, will chair the group. She will be joined by Professor James Hunter and Dr Sarah Skerratt as vice chairpeople, who have experience of the Highlands and Islands and rural development.
A further 10 advisers – with expertise in areas such as property and land issues, economics, legal issues, community-led organisations, landownership, forestry and access – will also be appointed to the group shortly.
It is anticipated that the Land Reform Review Group will report in a series of stages to Scottish Ministers, providing consideration of what the outcomes of land reform should be and what reforms are required. By the end of 2013 the Scottish Government would expect a report on any legislative changes that are required to allow this to be taken forward.
For further information visit http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/07/Land-Reform24072012