We are promoting and supporting change and good practice in the way land is owned and used in both urban and rural Scotland.
We are working with the Good Practice Advisory Group to create a range of tools, codes and guidance to encourage and enable those with an interest in land to recognise and fulfil their rights and responsibilities.
The Good Practice Programme is underpinned by the Scottish Government’s Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, which sets the vision for a strong and dynamic relationship between Scotland’s land and its people. Promoting greater diversity in ownership of land including more community ownership, high standards and transparency of land ownership and use, and better community engagement in decisions about land.
Better community engagement is an established aim of ongoing Scottish planning and land reform policy. It is good practice for all decision-making related to land, whether urban or rural. For information and advice available for planners and developers, see our work on early engagement in the planning process.