Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement on plans to complete the Land Register within 10 years, Douglas McAdam Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates said:
"The collection of better data on land ownership at a national level is something Scottish Land & Estates continues to support, however this is a very ambitious target. The current experience of our membership is that this is a long and complex process, estates just registering small plots for the first time have experienced lengthy delays in registering. Where areas of landholdings have been fragmented over decades and bits sold off the process takes even longer. To register just one estate can take many years and so if dozens of estates started applying to the Register at the same time the system would struggle to cope. It is also a highly costly process to prepare all the information required to register on the Land Register. Many estates are slowly working away at this already, but if this pace needs accelerated the costs will climb, into possibly tens of thousands of pounds per estate. The process can also be further delayed as quite often boundary title disputes arise and these can take a considerable period to resolve. We look forward to working with the government, our members and the registers of Scotland to achieve this very ambitious target, but in order for this to be completed within the ten years, it will require considerable extra resources and funding support to make it happen."