Short term strategy welcomed but long-term land use plan is required

Press Release

A long-term plan for land use is required which recognises the key role land has to play in our economic recovery, ensuring our communities thrive and in addressing climate change.

Scottish Land & Estates, the rural business organisation, spoke today following the publication of the Scottish Government’s strategic paper “Land use - getting the best from our land: strategy 2021 to 2026”.

Updated every five years, the strategy sets out their vision and objectives for sustainable land use in Scotland.

Stephen Young, Scottish Land & Estates Head of Policy said:

“Achieving a balance on the way we use land is challenging, but it is very important. Land is central to our economic recovery, our social wellbeing and in ensuring Scotland plays its part in tackling climate change.

“Whilst we welcome the publication of the land use strategy, we would encourage the Government to take a longer-term view. To set a longer planning horizon to enable land-based business to confidently plan and invest in their future with certainty.

“We must start making critical decisions now and accelerate action on our post Common Agricultural Policy funding.

“In our #Route2050 - A Direction of Travel for Scottish Land Management paper we set out a vision on integrated land use which we believe provides a framework for making most effective use of our land and natural resources. This will support businesses and land managers to reinvigorate our rural economy as part of green recovery for people, jobs and nature. We need the Scottish Government to now commit to a long-term plan for land use.”

The Scottish Government’s Third Land Use strategy can be accessed here.