Strategic environmental assessment of agricultural tenancies, small landholdings and land use tenancy proposals - consultation

Closed 11 Dec 2023

Opened 12 Oct 2023

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The Scottish Government’s Vision for Agriculture, published in March 2022, outlines our long term vision to transform how we support farming and food production in Scotland to become a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture. As outlined in the Agricultural Reform Route Map, the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that tenant farmers, smallholders, crofters, new entrants and land managers are effectively enabled to exercise their essential role in making our Vision for Agriculture a reality.

This Strategic Environmental Assessment of Agricultural Tenancies, Small Landholdings, and Land Use Tenancy Proposals tests the proposals and considers opportunities to enhance the environmental impact of the proposals while avoiding or reducing significant adverse effects on the environment. Impact Assessments, including a Strategic Environmental Assessment, are important tools in ensuring the suitability of the policy.

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The consultation paper contains full background information for this consultation. You may find it useful to read or refer to while responding.

Useful information about responding to this consultation

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Why your views matter

This consultation provides you with the opportunity to examine the environmental impact of our proposed changes to agricultural tenancies, small landholdings, and the new land use tenancy in the context of this Strategic Environmental Assessment. The proposals deliver:

  • Our Programme for Government 2021-22 commitment to “ensure tenant farmers and smallholders have the same access to climate change and mitigation measures”.
  • Our Bute House Agreement commitment to “continue to improve the rights of tenant farmers and smallholders so they are not disadvantaged from actively participating in climate change mitigation and adaptation”. 

The proposals, set out in this consultation, and developed to help Scottish farmers, crofters and land managers, will play a key role in tackling twin crisis of climate change and biodiversity while delivering against legally binding commitments.

What happens next

All responses are currently being analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. An analysis report will be made available shortly.

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public.


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