Following an announcement from the Scottish Government that it is to conduct a consultation on improving transparency in land ownership in Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following comment.
David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Work to improve the transparency of land ownership is a complex area of policy but is one that we have been supportive of.
“We fully appreciate that transparency and visibility of ownership is an area where improvement is required and we led the way in publishing our Landowners’ Commitment in 2014 which urged landowners to be open and visible. Similarly, our members have been at the vanguard of the voluntary registration process in order to assist the Scottish Government achieve its target of completing the Land Register of Scotland by 2024. We will be pleased to feed in to this consultation and provide our views to the government on this extremely complex issue."