Land Reform

Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land

Part 4 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 required the Scottish Ministers to prepare and issue guidance about “engaging communities in decisions relating to land which may affect communities”....
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The Scottish Land Commission

The Scottish Land Commission will become fully operational from 1st April 2017. In October 2016, the Scottish Government announced that the Scottish Land Commission will be based in Inverness, with...
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Land Reform: Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 obliges the Scottish Ministers to prepare, consult upon and then publish a “Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement”. The Statement is intended as a set...
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Implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016

Following the passage of the most recent Land Reform (Scotland) Act through Parliament in 2016, the subordinate legislation required to bring the provisions of the Act into force has now...
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Trade tariffs a double-edged sword for farmers, says MSP | Grierson Dunlop in The Press and Journal

This article originally appeared in The Press and Journal on Saturday 26th November 2016. The implications of land reform and Brexit on Scottish agriculture were highlighted at a specialist farming...
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Food for thought on tenant farming: Grierson Dunlop in the Press & Journal

The new Land Reform (Scotland) Act is taking root and as Ministers and civil servants grapple with the nuts and bolts of the legislation, many eyes will be focused on...
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Land Reform Update - April 2016

Background On 16th March 2016, the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was passed, as expected, by the Scottish Parliament. The Bill was passed on a day that saw many long serving...
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The Land Reform (Scotland) Act Part 10 – Agricultural Holdings

The Stage 3 debate on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill took place on 16th March 2016. Shortly afterwards, the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent and...
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Land Reform Update – December 2015

The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill continues its swift passage through the parliamentary process. This note briefly summarises the position as of the end of 2015. Timescales The Stage 1 debate...
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State control over land – Scotland in the European context

The notion of some form of state control over the sale and purchase of rural land is a relatively new concept in Scotland, having been introduced by the Land Reform...
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Sustainable Development – What does it actually mean?

Land Reform legislation contains many and various references to the concept of sustainable development. If private owners of land are to be deprived of their property rights, then there must...
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Scotsman Land Reform Seminar

Turcan Connell, in conjunction with The Scotsman, hosted a Land Reform breakfast seminar in Edinburgh on Tuesday 3rd November. Speaking at the event was John Glen of Buccleuch Estates and...
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