Last edited 07 Jan 2021

Scottish Land Reform Bill

The Land Reform Review Group was established in July 2012 to undertake a review of land rights and ownership in Scotland. The then First Minister Alex Salmond said, "I want this review to deliver radical change for both rural and urban areas, developing new ideas which will improve current legislation as well as generating even more innovative proposals.” The Group started its inquiry in September 2012.

On 23 May 2014, the Group published its final report, The Land of Scotland and the Common Good which set out a number of commitments:

On the 26 November 2014, as part of the Programme for Government, the First Minister set out the Scottish Government's vision for land reform, proposing that land must be an asset that benefits the many, not the few. This was followed by a consultation which ran from 2 Dec 2014 to 10 Feb 2015 on a range of potential provisions for a Land Reform Bill intended to:

Following the consultation, the Scottish Land Reform Bill was introduced on 22 June 2015 to:

The bill has been described as ‘radical’ and a ‘land grab’ by some landowners, in particular in relation to the power that could be given to government to force owners to sell land and the imposition of business taxes on shooting estates. Others see it as a much needed move toward reforming a feudal and archaic system of land ownership.

For more information, see Feu charter.

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