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Scale and Concentration of Land Ownership

Scotland has an unusually concentrated pattern of land ownership in an international context. As part of the Commission’s work to support Scottish Ministers’ ambitions for a fairer and more dynamic framework for the ownership and use of Scotland’s land we have investigated the issues associated with scale and concentration of land ownership.  

We have carried out the most substantial investigation conducted into the impacts of this issue based on robust evidence about rural land ownership that shows how the concentration of social, economic and decision-making power significantly impacts communities across rural Scotland.  We have made initial recommendations to Scottish Government to address the adverse effects identified, and to stimulate a more productive, diverse and dynamic pattern of rural land ownership.

Investigation into the issues associated with scale and concentration land ownership in Scotland