Following an announcement by Scottish Ministers that they wish the Land Register to be completed within 10 years, Registers of Scotland has launched a consultation which considers the use of statutory levers for advancing completion, suggests an approach for completion, looks at options for funding the Keeper’s registration costs and discusses milestones for measuring the growth of the Land Register.
Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive, and Richard Blake, Legal Adviser, have met on two occasions with Fergus Ewing MSP and the Keeper of the Registers to discuss how this will impact on members whose title to land has not yet been registered in the Land Register.
Scottish Land & Estates has set up a subgroup, consisting of specialist rural solicitors and chaired by Richard Blake, both to prepare a response to the consultation on behalf of the organisation and also to assist with the preparation of a Briefing Note for members in due course. It has met on two occasions, the first of which was with members of the Keeper’s staff. A draft response will be prepared soon.
The papers for the consultation, which closes on 4 November 2014, are available on www.ros.gov.uk/consultation/consultation_land_register_completion.html