The Land Reform (Scotland) Act was passed on the 16 March 2016, voted through Holyrood with 102 votes to 14 and is known as one of the most controversial pieces of legislation to be passed in recent years. The new legislation includes provisions for;
- Land Commissioners and a Tenant Farming Commissioner to to review and recommend changes to Land Reform policy
- Information about who controls land
- Engaging communities in decisions relating to land
- Right to buy land to further sustainable to development
- Shootings, dear forest and deer management
- Common good land
- Access rights
- Agricultural holdings – changes to tenancies and the creation of a new tenancy, right to buy, relinquishment and assignation and compensation for tenant improvements
How did Rural Housing Scotland react to the bill?
Rural Housing Scotland made a submission to the Land Reform Review Group, which can be downloaded here.
We gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee and that can be downloaded here.