SLE stresses importance of openness and transparency in land ownership

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Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has reiterated its support for openness and transparency in land ownership ahead of a parliamentary debate on the availability of information on land ownership on Tuesday 12 March.

MSPs received a briefing ahead of the debate, which was led by Scottish Green Party MSP, Andy Wightman, under his motion titled 'Who Owns Scotland?'.

Openness and transparency in land ownership is fully supported by SLE, and it’s members have assisted with voluntary registration as well as undertaking work with Registers of Scotland to raise awareness of services. Most larger private landowners have either gone through the land registration process or are currently undergoing voluntary land registration.

In its briefing, SLE reiterated its support for the ambitious plans to develop and enhance the role of ScotLIS, a digital land information service, and to ensure that system is as user-friendly as possible to encourage its use.

SLE’s briefing to MSPs also outlined that although information should be as freely available as possible, it is vital that processes are properly resourced, costed and budgeted for. Alongside accessibility, accuracy is absolutely vital so the information maintained is current and correct.

Click here to read our full briefing to MSPs