The Land of Scotland and the Common Good

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The Land of Scotland and the Common Good report has been published. The full report is available on the Scottish Government website at the link below.

The Land Reform Review Group visited Community Energy Scotland to take evidence, and the resultant report is a useful compilation of all the serious and troublesome issues which have dogged development or distanced the benefit of renewable energy projects from local people.  The report is long, and wide ranging.  Crofting, the role of the Crown Estate, fish and deer, tenant farmers’ rights and the role of corporations as owners of vast areas of land are all covered. Comment on Land in the forestry estate and other forms of public tenure, as well as ownerless land are also included.

Much of the current problem arises from historical and feudal rules.  It is clear that our land arrangements are not fit for purpose, and that further work is needed now.  Property laws, whether relating to land, land use, transfer or indeed who owns oysters and whales will continue to be a major issue, in both urban and rural Scotland. 

Land commentators such as Andy Wightman (‘a welcome and common sense report’) and Lesley Riddoch (‘should tackle the enduring shame of Scotland's archaic land ownership structures’) can be googled for their blogs and comments on this report.  Paul Wheelhouse, the Minister responsible at the Scottish Government has stated that he plans to take the issues and recommendations forward - more from him at the forthcoming Community Land Scotland conference, Skye, 6/7 June.

Harbours are a special case in land tenure terms - here's Uig on Skye

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