Policy & Lobbying
Historic Environment


Scottish Land & Estates’ members manage and own a significant proportion of the historic environment in Scotland, both built and natural. Each year our members invest a significant sum of money in managing the natural heritage, repairing historic buildings, welcoming millions of visitors, paying and non-paying, and making many thousands of applications for planning permission and listed building consent.

Scottish Land & Estates' members are by far the biggest 'owner' stakeholder group in the heritage field. Rural heritage tourism is estimated to be worth between £900 million and £1.5 billion per annum to the Scottish economy.

Some recent areas of work follow below.

Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2010

Scottish Land & Estates has been heavily involved in the development of new legislation which will amend aspects of the historic environment framework. The legislation:
  • Amends the definition of monument.
  • Introduces provisions for certificates of immunity.
  • Strengthen enforcement powers against those who damage or destroy the historic environment.

Scottish Land & Estates will be working with Historic Scotland to carry out an education programme for owners and managers of the historic environment to raise awareness of the changes which will be implemented through this legislation.

Scottish Land & Estates has recently submitted a response to the consultation on draft regulations on four draft Statutory Instruments which have been prepared under certain delegated powers in the Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011. These are as follows:

  • The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas (Compensation) (Scotland) Regulations 2011
  • The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas (Applications for Scheduled Monument Consent) (Scotland) Regulations 2011
  • The Town and Country Planning (Listed Buildings) (Amount of Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2011
  • The Town and Country Planning (Listed Buildings) (Prescribed Form of Notices) Scotland Regulations 2011

An Information Sheet on the Act is available for members. 

Rural Heritage Tourism

Scottish Land & Estates heads up an industry-led group which is focused on delivering recommendations identified in the Valuing Rural Heritage research report which was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise in 2010. The group’s work includes:

  • Supporting the development of regional pilot projects which aim to bring the rural heritage in an area together to promote regional days out.
  • Raising awareness of existing funding mechanisms.
  • Supporting projects which try to expand the variety of types of people visiting rural heritage.
  • Developing flexible ticketing options and looking at initiatives to extend traditional seasons.

 Strategic Agreement

A strategic partnership agreement has been announced between the Historic Houses Association for Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates, which will see collaboration and best use of resources and will bringthe combined expertise and members’ experience to impress upon the Scottish Government and Parliament, key agencies and the public, the crucially positive role played by heritage and land-based businesses in the life of Scotland’s rural areas, and in the success of the country as a whole.

The Head of Policy provides generic advice on historic environment policy, historic and listed buildings, scheduled monuments and archaeology, gardens and designed landscapes, and battlefields.

The Policy Officer (Access) leads on rural heritage tourism.

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