Scottish Land & Estates arranged two meetings in the Highlands on 30th and 31st July in partnership with Registers of Scotland (RoS) and the Cairngorm National Park’s Land Management Forum (LMF) in relation to Voluntary Land Registration.
Around 60 members and guests attended the events held at Boat of Garten Village Hall and the Royal Highland Hotel in Inverness. Short presentations were made by senior RoS officers Karen Alexander, Charles Keegan and Rhona Elrick.
The presentations outlined the tasks set by Scottish Ministers to complete the Land Register in Scotland by 2024. At this time around 58% of properties and some 26% of the land mass is currently on the Land Register.
While RoS accepts there may be substantial costs associated with registration of some estates and farmland, early voluntary registration fees will be eligible for a 25% discount. Other benefits were stated to include the clear recording of property boundaries using Ordnance Survey maps, all restrictions, burdens and securities set out in one place, and easier, faster and less expensive property transactions costs in the future. RoS are keen to engage with landowners to explore ways the completed register can be achieved and will roll out a number of meetings with landowners and their agents across Scotland in the coming months.