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Scottish Land Commission publishes first Strategic Plan

The newly formed Scottish Land Commission has published its first three year Strategic Plan.

The Land Commission published its first Strategic Plan at its conference held today, Thursday 28 September 2017, in Dunfermline.

The Strategic Plan ‘Making More of Scotland’s Land’ sets out the priorities for the Land Commission focusing on four key areas covering both urban and rural land:

  • Land for housing and development  – We want to reduce constraints to redeveloping vacant and derelict land for housing and other productive uses, improve land supply for housing and stimulate a more active approach to developing land in the public interest.
  • Land ownership – The Land Commission will examine the impacts of scale and concentration of land ownership and tax policy, as well as reviewing the effectiveness of the Community Right to Buy mechanisms.
  • Land Use Decision-making – The Land Commission will seek to improve the quality and accountability of decision making, providing guidance where necessary.
  • Agricultural Holdings – We want to increase access to land for those who want to farm, improve the relationships between landowners and tenant farmers and stimulate the tenant farming sector.

The Scottish Land Commission, established under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, has a statutory function to review and advise on legislative and policy change, but it is the leadership role the organisation can play which is as equally important as Chair of the Scottish Land Commission, Andrew Thin, explains:

“The establishment of the Scottish Land Commission has provided the Scottish people with a mechanism to drive forward land reform and this ambitious Strategic Plan shows that we are committed to accelerating the process and tackling the most important matters.

“We want to change and shape best practice for the ownership, management and use of Scotland’s land, working with all sectors to achieve changes on the ground as well as recommending changes to legislation and policy where necessary.

“Our goal is to improve the productivity, diversity and accountability of the way we use land, making more of Scotland’s land for Scotland’s people.”

Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said:

“Scotland’s land is one of our most valuable assets, and it is only right that everyone benefits from it. I am therefore delighted with the focus of the Commission’s Strategic Plan, which alongside the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement published today, will set the pace and direction for land reform over the years to come.”

Read our Strategic Plan

 

Conference presentations: Andrew & Hamish, Laurie, Sarah

Meet & Greet – Ullapool

NEW DATE ADDED:

Thursday 19 October 2017 from 7pm

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

This is your opportunity to find out more about the new Scottish Land Commission, who we are and what we do.

We would also like to hear from you and what you think the priorities for land reform should be.

This event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

Meet & Greet – Dundee

NEW DATE ADDED

Thursday 9 November 2017 from 6pm

The Steeple, Nethergate, Dundee

 

This is your opportunity to find out more about the new Scottish Land Commission, who we are and what we do.

We would also like to hear from you and what you think the priorities for land reform should be.

 

This event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

More dates added to Land Commission’s series of events

The Scottish Land Commission has added more dates to its series of Meet & Greet events which are taking place across Scotland over the coming months.

Due to the success of the first Meet & Greet events held in April and May the Commission has announced the addition of three new dates to the series, with meetings to take place in Inverness, Islay and Oban.

Chair of the Scottish Land Commission, Andrew Thin, said:

“We are really encouraged by the response to the Meet & Greets so far. We have had varied audiences at the public meetings from those interested in community land ownership to tenant farming and with representation from both urban and rural communities.

“The discussions at the meetings have been really insightful and are helping the Commission to form our priorities for our three year strategic plan.

“We are keen to keep the momentum going with the additional meetings in Inverness, Islay and Oban and we hope to have even more over the coming months. This is a rolling programme of events and we would like to engage with as many people as possible.  I would urge everyone to attend a Meet & Greet in their area to find out more about who we are, what we do and importantly; how land reform can directly impact their community.”

The next Meet & Greet event is taking place at Leith Community Centre, Leith, Edinburgh on Thursday 22 June from 7pm and will be followed by:

  • NEW Tuesday 27 June, 7pm — Inverness

Scottish Land Commission, Longman House, 28 Longman Road, Inverness

  • NEW Thursday 13 July, 7pm – Islay

Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle (the Columba Centre Islay), Bowmore

  • Thursday 27 July, 7pm — Biggar

Gillespie Centre, Biggar

  • NEW Thursday 17 August, 7pm – Oban

Corran Halls, Oban

  • Thursday 21 September, 7pm — Clydebank

Clydebank Town Hall, Clydebank

  • Thursday 26 October, 7pm — Dumfries

Georgetown Community Centre, Dumfries

  • Thursday 23 November, 7pm — Perthshire

Comrie Community Centre, Comrie

  • Thursday 22 February 2018, 7pm – Skye

The Fingal Centre, Portree

  • Thursday 22 March 2018, 7pm – Isle of Lewis

Bridge Community Centre, Stornoway

 

The events are free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information visit www.landcommission.gov.scot, call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

Scottish Land Commission appoint Hamish Trench as Chief Executive

The newly formed Scottish Land Commission has announced the appointment of Hamish Trench as their permanent Chief Executive.

Hamish will join the Scottish Land Commission from the Cairngorms National Park Authority. He will be responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the organisation and supporting Commissioners in fulfilling their functions.

Hamish will assume the role on 31 July 2017 taking over from the Commission’s interim Chief Executive, Hilary Pearce, who is currently seconded from Scottish Government.

Hamish said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of the Scottish Land Commission. Working in such a new and exciting organisation and being part of driving land reform forward is a unique opportunity.  It is a privilege to lead the Commission at this important time and I look forward to working with Commissioners, staff and other partner organisations.”

Chair of the Scottish Land Commission, Andrew Thin, said:

“I am very pleased that Hamish is joining the Commission. He has extensive knowledge and experience in land issues, as well as enthusiasm and drive to lead the organisation forward in developing and implementing our Strategic Plan.

“I would like to thank Hilary for all of her work over the last few months in setting up the organisation and supporting Commissioners. The establishment phase of any new organisation is always tricky and Hilary has created a solid foundation for Hamish to build on.”

Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“I would like to congratulate Mr Trench on his appointment as the Chief Executive of the Scottish Land Commission. As a chartered surveyor with extensive experience in the public and private sectors, he will bring leadership and focus to land reform issues, shaping future developments and ensuring that land continues to play a major part in helping communities across Scotland realise their potential. I wish him great success with this crucial work.”

Background

Hamish Trench

Hamish Trench will join the Scottish Land Commission from the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) where he is currently Director of Conservation and Visitor Experience.

Hamish joined CNPA in 2004 and has held a number of different roles including Director of Strategic Land Use and Head of Heritage and Land Management. He was also seconded from the Authority to the Deer Commission for a year taking on the role of Head of Strategy.  A Chartered Surveyor, Hamish worked for a number of years as a Land Agent at Bidwells Property Consultants.  Hamish has had several pieces of research published which look at various land matters including community ownership, farming tenure and research collaboration.

Scottish Land Commission launches monthly community events

The newly formed Scottish Land Commission has announced a series of community ‘Meet and Greet’ events taking place across Scotland.

The Scottish Land Commission, which was officially established on the 1 April 2017, is holding a series of monthly meet and greet events to give people across the country the opportunity to find out more about the work of the organisation, meet with Commissioners and to discuss priorities for land reform.

Chair of the Scottish Land Commission, Andrew Thin, said:

“The Commissioners and I are really keen to get out and about to speak to people, in both urban and rural Scotland, to let them know more about the work of the Commission and to also find out what they think the priorities for land reform should be.

“By holding monthly events throughout the year from Stornoway to Dumfries, Inverurie to Clydebank, we hope to meet as many people as possible. I would encourage everyone to attend and make the most of the opportunity to meet with Commissioners to discuss the land reform agenda.  It is important that all voices are heard and we work together to make the most of our land.”

The first of the monthly Meet and Greet events will take place at the Simpson Institute, Upper Largo, Fife on Thursday 27 April from 7pm and will be followed by:

  • Thursday 25 May, 7pm — Aberdeenshire – Thainstone Mart, Inverurie
  • Thursday 22 June, 7pm — Edinburgh – Leith Community Centre, Leith
  • Thursday 27 July, 7pm — Gillespie  Centre, Biggar
  • Thursday 21 September, 7pm — Clydebank Town Hall, Clydebank
  • Thursday 26 October, 7pm — Dumfries – Georgetown Community Centre, Dumfries
  • Thursday 23 November, 7pm — Perthshire – Comrie Community Centre, Comrie
  • Thursday 22 February 2018, 7pm – Skye – The Fingal Centre, Portree
  • Thursday 22 March 2018, 7pm – Isle of Lewis – Bridge Community Centre, Stornoway

The events are free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information visit www.landcommission.gov.scot, call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

 

Meet & Greet – Dumfries

Join us at the Scottish Land Commission Meet & Greet taking place on:

 

Thursday 26 October 2017 from 7pm

Georgetown Community Centre, Dumfries

 

This is your opportunity to find out more about the new Scottish Land Commission, who we are and what we do.

We would also like to hear from you and what you think the priorities for land reform should be.

 

This event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

 

Meet & Greet – Perthshire

 

Join us at the Scottish Land Commission Meet & Greet taking place on:

 

Thursday 23 November 2017 from 7pm

Comrie Community Centre, Comrie, Perthshire

 

This is your opportunity to find out more about the new Scottish Land Commission, who we are and what we do.

We would also like to hear from you and what you think the priorities for land reform should be.

 

This event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

 

Meet & Greet – Skye

 

Join us at the Scottish Land Commission Meet & Greet taking place on:

 

Thursday 22 Februrary 2018 from 7pm

The Fingal Centre, Portree, Skye

 

This is your opportunity to find out more about the new Scottish Land Commission, who we are and what we do.

We would also like to hear from you and what you think the priorities for land reform should be.

 

This event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

 

Meet & Greet – Isle of Lewis

Join us at the Scottish Land Commission Meet & Greet taking place on:

 

Thursday 22 March 2018 from 7pm

The Bridge Community Centre, Stornoway

 

This is your opportunity to find out more about the new Scottish Land Commission, who we are and what we do.

We would also like to hear from you and what you think the priorities for land reform should be.

 

This event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.