During the Community Land Scotland conference in Skye, Paul Wheelhouse announced that the Scottish Government has planned to bring forward a Land Reform Bill for Scotland. The Bill will build on measures already being brought forward in the forthcoming Community Empowerment Bill, which has been introduced this week.
The new legislation is in addition to the series of measures already announced by the Scottish Government in response to the Land Reform Review Group report. Mr Wheelhouse is quoted to have said “By bringing forward a Land Reform Bill, before the end of the current term of the Scottish Parliament, we will take forward the direction of travel laid out in the report. The Bill will be another significant step forward in ensuring our land is used in the public interest and to the benefit of the people of Scotland”. The announcement from Mr Wheelhouse also saw the Scottish Land Fund extend up until 2020, allowing communities more time to plan and present their projects with higher changes of approval for community ownership as the government try to move towards their target for community ownership. A more comprehensive report can be found here: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Land-Reform-Bill-for-Scotland-d4f.aspx