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Call for state role in land sales challenged by Scottish Land & Estates

Full comment by Douglas McAdam published in the Herald on 29th January 2014.

Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “It is very disappointing to see an organisation advocate divisive and destructive proposals which would have a seriously detrimental effect on the rural economy. When there are so many people and organisations working together to deliver real benefit to rural Scotland, the championing of the enforced sale of property and land businesses is a very backward step – particularly since the First Minister himself has said that it is a route the Scottish Government did not want to pursue.

“The suggestion that the state should interfere or have some control in an open property market is absurd. This would have a negative impact on the property market in general and send out the wrong message about Scotland being a place to do business. It could also have the effect of paralysing the many amicable transfers of land that happen across Scotland.  Such a measure would be a threat to land businesses of any size and is completely out of step with the forward thinking required to benefit rural Scotland.

“There is already legislation in place that provides communities with the first option to buy when land is put on the market by a willing seller and we continue to support this system. Indeed, where there is a willing seller and community purchasers for land, we would support the streamlining of the process for all involved. Scottish Land & Estates supports the extension of community right-to-buy into urban areas.”



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