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Whose space? Whose heritage?

Cath Denholm explores the concept of who nature and heritage belong to in defining a post-Covid recovery.

Land Commission learns from TFC experience

The Tenant Farming Commissioner explores the role of our Land Rights & Responsibilities Protocols for land owners, managers and users in the agricultural sector in his latest blog.

Human Rights and Land Reform: A springboard for future resilience

Land Commissioner Megan MacInnes explores the relationship between land reform and the delivery of our broader human rights, health and place-based ambitions.

New Protocol on Good Stewardship of Land is published

Decisions made about land that take the long view, considering the impact on people’s lives, the environment and local community, will result in greater public benefit.

TFC Blog: Tenancy Queries

Tenant Farming Commissioner Bob McIntosh reflects on the number of tenancy queries he receives.

The Power of Community-led Regeneration

Louisa Macdonell explores the power of communities in leading local regeneration.

New protocols launched on land ownership in Scotland

Two new protocols published today by the Scottish Land Commission will help to give communities a greater stake in how land is owned and used in Scotland to help create inclusive and resilient local economies.

Building Community Wealth

Julie McLachlan of North Ayrshire Council discusses their Community Wealth Building strategy.

Regional Land Use Partnerships - Public Feedback
Rethinking land use for future generations

Jane Davidson looks at how we can rethink land use to look after the interests of future generations

Land and collective wellbeing: fertile soil

Hamish Trench and Dr Katherine Trebeck explore the connection between land and an economic system that delivers human and environmental wellbeing.

A Response to ‘Putting land back into the economic model’

Deryck Irving looks at where immediate action is possible to address the issue of vacant and derelict land.

Rental value of land

Andrew Purves looks at the potential role of land rents in responding to the property implications of the Covid-19 crisis.

Regional Land Use Partnerships - Interim Report

Regional Land Use Partnerships interim report published

New approach needed to deliver houses for rural Scotland

Scotland needs to look at new models of bringing land forward to deliver the much-needed rural housing, according to a new report published today.

Rural Housing

As we publish the next report in our Review of Land for Housing and Development, Scottish Land Commission Senior Policy Officer David Stewart discusses how the houses that rural Scotland needs can be delivered.

Putting land back into the economic model

Change requires us to reinvent our economic model to prioritise wellbeing, changing how we think about land could help us to do this.

The value of land is more than pounds and pence

A new framework assesses the wider social, environmental and community benefits of bringing land back into use.

TFC Blog: Level Heads Key to Succeeding with Rent Talks

The Tenant Farming Commissioner looks at landlords and tenants working together to achieve a settlement that is fair to both parties.

Imaginative approaches needed for community buy out of Buccleuch's Langholm Moor

Normalising community ownership across Scotland will need imaginative approaches to raising capital and to governance models.

New protocols launched for trusts and charities that own land

Two new protocols that set out practical expectations for private trusts and charities owning land in Scotland, are published today by the Scottish Land Commission.

Trust in land

In this blog, Land Commissioner Sally Reynolds looks at the two new Land Rights and Responsibilities Protocols that set out practical expectations for private trusts and charities owning land in Scotland.

Making Scotland’s land work for recovery and renewal

Land underpins our economy and now, more than ever, we need to make the most of our land

Blog: The Value of Early Engagement

As part of our Review of Land for Housing and Development, Policy Officer Kathie Pollard and planning consultant Nick Wright look at the benefits of involving communities earlier in decision-making on planning.

Land for Housing – Time for change?

Concerns that Scotland’s housing land market and approach to development does not meet our needs have been amplified by the public health and economic crisis we are facing.

Land for housing and development: time for change

Scotland’s reliance on the speculative private development model will not help to achieve the level of new homes needed or help build more affordable homes and the whole system requires fundamental reform.

Planning for the long term public interest

Shona Glenn, Head of Policy and Research, looks at the role of planning and the National Planning Framework (NFP 4) in delivering the high quality places that are fundamental to our wellbeing based on our submission to the Scottish Government’s ‘call for ideas’.

Call for comment on Commission’s first Gaelic Language Plan

The Scottish Land Commission has launched consultation on its Gaelic Language Plan.

Tenant Farming Commissioner offers advice on rent reviews

The Tenant Farming Commissioner is advising landlords and tenant farmers to think carefully about the timing of rent reviews, given the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown constraints and uncertainty over future economic conditions in the sector.

Making the most of our land – the potential of new regional land use partnerships

The Scottish Land Commission is currently preparing advice for Ministers on how best to establish new Regional Land Use Partnerships to drive climate action

Extension to Tenant’s Amnesty

Following extension of the amnesty of improvements, the Tenant Farming Commissioner is urging landlords, tenants and their agents to not delay completion of discussions

Land Commission appoints Head of Land Rights and Responsibilities to drive change on the ground

The Scottish Land Commission strengthens its management team this month with the appointment of Emma Cooper as Head of Land Rights and Responsibilities.

Annual Review 2019-20

The Annual Review for 2019-20 has now been published - take a look at our achievements in the past year.

Blog: Agricultural Land Occupation Survey Results

The Tenant Farming Commissioner discusses the results of the Agricultural Land Occupation Survey, which provides an annual a snapshot of what is happening in the let land market.

Shaping our futures - Communities and the Right to Buy for Sustainable Development

With the Community Right to Buy for Sustainable Development coming in to place this weekend, Land Commissioner Megan MacInnes looks at what it means for communities and for land reform.

Tenant Farming Commissioner welcomes recommendations

Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, has today welcomed recommendations made in the Scottish Government’s review into the functions of the role.

Is there such a thing as ‘normal’ community ownership?

Policy Officer James MacKessack-Leitch looks at what Scotland can learn from international approaches to land ownership, use, and management.

International approach to land ownership holds lessons for Scotland

Scotland should look to international examples of land ownership, use, and management to provide new ideas and thinking in taking forward its land reform programme.

News: Clarity about land ownership benefits everyone

Owners and managers are being encouraged to provide simple details that will greatly improve people’s understanding of who owns land in Scotland and what it is used for, under the Scottish Land Commission’s latest protocol.

Blog: Clarity about land ownership benefits everyone

Land Commissioner Sally Reynolds looks at improving the transparency and availability of information on the ownership, management and use of land.

TFC Coronavirus (COVID-19) On-Site Meetings

The Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), in association with industry bodies NFUS and SLE, today issued advice about the implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation for on-farm meetings.

COVID-19 Business Update
TFC Blog: New advice on diversification for tenant farmers in Scotland

Scottish tenant farmers, who are planning to diversify into areas such as tourism or renewable energy, can now get advice on their rights from a new guide that we published this month.

New advice on diversification for tenant farmers in Scotland

Scottish tenant farmers who are planning to diversify into areas such as tourism or renewable energy can now get advice on their rights from a new guide.

Call for new voices to have their say on land reform

The Scottish Land Commission is seeking input from new voices and those of the tech savvy, environmentally aware and entrepreneurially minded Generation Z to help shape its strategy for the way land is owned and used in Scotland.

Forestry student wins national land reform award

The Scottish Land Commission has awarded an Inverness-based student a £1,000 grant to compare Scotland’s approach to community-owned woodlands with municipally owned examples found in other European countries.

All parties need to act quickly for Amnesty on Tenant’s Improvements

Tenant farmers, landlords and land agents must act now to make the most of the waygo amnesty.

Farm Business Incubators

Policy Officer James MacKessack-Leitch shares how farm incubators could innovate Scottish agriculture.

Farm business incubators could help bring new entrants into agriculture in Scotland

Farm business incubators could help bring new entrants into agriculture in Scotland, according to a new report, published today.

TFC Blog: Mediation in the Tenant Farming Sector

This year is the Year of Mediation so it seems apt that we’re nearing the end of our review of the pilot mediation service – and considering where we might take it next.

Project manager joins Land Commission to drive forward Regional Land Use Partnerships

A highly experienced land manager joins the Commission this month to work on proposals for Regional Land Use Partnerships across Scotland.

The Value of Early Engagement

A guest blog from Nick Wright of Nick Wright Planning, introduced by Policy Officer Kathie Pollard.

Scottish Land Matching Service - Up and running

The Scottish Land Matching Service is now up and running - here's how to access it.

Community Engagement - What we can learn

What we can learn from the results of our recent surveys on community engagement.

Community Engagement Baseline Survey Report 2019 Results Announced

Knowledge about land ownership and plans for land use differ between rural and urban communities, the Scottish Land Commission has discovered through a survey.