As key decision makers SLE members are crucial to helping deliver sustainable rural communities right across Scotland.
Given the important role that land-based businesses play in rural areas it is vital that community engagement standards remain as high as possible to ensure that mutually beneficial solutions can be realised.
Recognising, as we do, that communities can benefit socially, environmentally and economically from effective engagement, SLE created a community engagement programme based on the “Working Together for Sustainable Estate Communities” booklet. This explored the potential of collaborative initiatives between privately owned rural estates, rural communities and other partners in Scotland.
If estates and communities and agencies and government come together, then I think that is where the big things will happen … and no matter who owns the land, or who is going to benefit from it … let’s work together and improve things, where we will all benefit in some way.
As the policy landscape changes, SLE continues to work to improve and maintain standards in community engagement across its membership. We are working closely with the Scottish Land Commission and other stakeholders to set out best practice and encourage a “culture change” that reflects the aims of the Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land and the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement.