Concentration of land ownership in Scotland – call for evidence deadline

The deadline for submitting evidence on the impacts of concentration of land ownership in Scotland is fast approaching.

Scotland’s land reform body, the Scottish Land Commission, has been running a call for evidence on the impacts of the concentration of land ownership in Scotland. People have until 30 June 2018 to submit their examples and experience of issues associated with concentration of land ownership.

The purpose of the call for evidence is to help the Commission better understand the issues that people associate with concentrated land ownership from the perspective of those directly involved or affected including individuals, community groups, land owners and managers.

The Commission will use the information gathered to inform its consideration of the issues and how they can be best addressed. An interim report of findings will be published towards the end of 2018.

This work forms part of a wider review of the concentrated pattern of land ownership in Scotland and its potential impacts on the public interest. Speaking about the review, Chief Executive of the Land Commission, Hamish Trench  said,

“The issue of scale and concentration in land ownership has been an underlying theme and driver of the land reform debate in Scotland for decades. We want to look beyond the headline statistics to understand what the underlying issues are and how they can best be addressed.

“There has been a good response to the call so far and we have received over 300 submissions already. We want to hear from people directly involved or affected by concentration of ownership and their examples and experience both positive and negative.  The deadline for submissions is the 30 June and I would encourage anyone who has examples and experience to get in touch.”

Submissions made to the review will be treated in strict confidence.

The survey can be found on the Land Commission’s website www.landcommission.gov.scot or contact the Commission on 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot