Scottish Land & Estates members Hugh Raven (Ardtornish) and Gail Mathieson (Highland Housing Alliance) attended a Scottish Government workshop in Inverness on Wednesday 26 August to discuss the 9 housing and regeneration recommendations contained within the Land Reform Review Group’s 2014 report. This was the latest in a series of events taking place across Scotland.
They were joined by 30 public and private sector housing professionals from across the Highlands and Islands. Gail presented 3 case studies examining practical barriers to development arising from urban land assembly in multiple ownership. Two presentations from the public sector infrastructure barriers in more rural and island environments. It was clear from the discussion that landowners in the Highlands, far from being barriers to development, were at the forefront in identifying and making land available such as Tornagrain near Inverness. The main issues highlighted as complex ownership, ransom strips, unwillingness among local authorities to use compulsory purchase orders and infrastructure costs.