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Landowners Publish Key Proposals To Benefit Rural Scotland

Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, today (Wednesday 27 February) published a comprehensive submission made to the Scottish Government’s Land Reform Review Group (LRRG).  

 
The submission, available to download at www.scottishlandandestates.co.uk/landreform sets out a vision for the future of rural Scotland and makes key recommendations which will deliver meaningful and lasting benefits for communities and local economies. 
 
Luke Borwick, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “From the outset we have welcomed the opportunity to contribute to what is an important part of the debate about the future of rural Scotland.  We have had very constructive meetings with the LRRG which has also visited a number of land-based businesses and estates to see first-hand the contribution they make. 
 
“In this submission we have made practical recommendations which we believe will deliver real benefit for all, particularly in relation to community involvement and engagement.
 
“There has been a tendency in any debate about land management, ownership and tenure to look back to historical events but we should all focus on the future. Our members’ view is firmly that there exists a diversity of ownership types in Scotland – private, public, charitable, NGO and so on – and that this current debate should concentrate on best use of land.
 
“There is no doubt that landowners and estates can – and do – play a major part in delivering real benefit for Scotland and they are more than willing to do their bit.”
 
Landowners are involved in a wide range of sectors including:-
 
  • Tourism
  • Leisure
  • Employment
  • Energy provision
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Community/public benefit
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Natural and built environment
  • Business development 

Recommendations have been made to the LRRG across these sectors and include:-

  • Develop a model for a network of Community Engagement Officers to support estates in progressing effective community engagement.
  • Find ways to encourage the public to become more involved in planning policy and the plan-led system rather than focusing on individual applications.
  • Local decision making processes and engagement should be improved through utilisation of the non-legislative solutions available.
  • Promote alternatives to using legislation to facilitate community use of land assets.
  • Further funding to be made available to community and private landowners to deliver affordable rented housing through the Rural Homes for Rent programme.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“There is no doubt that landowners and estates can – and do – play a major part in delivering real benefit for Scotland and they are more than willing to do their bit.”
 
Landowners are involved in a wide range of sectors including:-
 

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