Rural Assets Strategy Consultation

Closed 26 Apr 2019

Opened 11 Feb 2019

Feedback Updated 21 Oct 2019

We Asked

Scottish Crown Estate rural assets include 37,000 hectares (around 91,000 acres) of land in rural Scotland. The vast majority is let for a variety of uses including farming, residential, commercial, sporting and mineral operations. Forestry assets on these estates are managed directly by us rather than being let.

It also includes salmon fishing rights on many Scottish rivers and the rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver across much of Scotland.

Crown Estate Scotland put forward a number of key considerations related to the overall long-term objectives of managing the rural assets and asked to hear your views on how we should actively manage these assets to drive inclusive sustainable development.

You Said

The consultation was open online from 15 February to 26 April 2019. In total 33 responses were submitted online, from 9 individuals and 24 organisations. The responses provided constructive answers and suggestions to the 30 questions asked in the consultation document. In addition, some verbal feedback was gathered at community events.

Respondents said they wanted to see a real difference between land managed on a purely commercial basis and land managed by Crown Estate Scotland. The responses supported a collaborative management approach, with Crown Estate Scotland improving access to information, increasing transparency in decision-making and conducting early and meaningful engagement with affected parties.

The responses strongly supported provision for biodiversity improvement throughout the rural assets and a desire to see Crown Estate Scotland take an ambitious approach to the natural environment to achieve this.

We Did

On this page, you can find the published non-confidential responses to the consultation and an analysis of the consultation responses.

We will use your feedback to inform the content of the Rural Assets Strategy. Responses will also be used to develop the Crown Estate Scotland Corporate Plan 2020-2023, which will be consulted on in autumn 2019. We will publicise the opportunity to engage with us on our Corporate Plan development widely, but if you would like to be notified via email when this consultation opens please let us know by getting in touch with us at

Results Updated 21 Oct 2019


Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation. We manage and innovate with land and property – seabed, coastline, rural estates and more – to deliver wider value. Collectively, the assets are referred to as the Scottish Crown Estate.

We help families, businesses & communities to live, work and thrive on the assets and return all revenue profit to Scottish Government to benefit the public purse.

The Scottish Crown Estate rural assets include 37,000 hectares (around 91,000 acres) of land in rural Scotland. The vast majority is let for a variety of uses including farming, residential, commercial, sporting and mineral operations.

In this consultation document we put forward a number of key issues related to the overall objectives of managing the rural assets, long-term financial sustainability and principles for decision-making.

The final rural assets strategy that follows this consultation will cover 2019 to 2023 and be aligned with wider Scottish Government policy and guidance.

The strategy will be distinct from local authorities’ local development plans. This is not a spatial or sector specific exercise, it does not relate directly to regulatory compliance and / or planning consents, which are not within our remit.

Why We Are Consulting

Crown Estate Scotland needs to develop a strategy for the rural assets which reflects

  • the priorities and aspirations of rural communities;
  • a wider cross-section of interests such as organisations working to enhance productivity of land and develop new ways to promote sustainable economic growth;
  • Scottish Government policy; and
  • wider economic trends.

The consultation will inform our rural assets strategy and feed into our 2020-23 Corporate Plan.

We therefore hope that this consultation generates responses from a broad range of stakeholders, reflecting the reach and importance of the issues identified in the consultation document and how they relate to Scotland’s future.

As part of the consultation there will be drop-in events on each of the four rural estates. These events are open to all and there is no need to book in advance. You can find the events at the bottom of the page.

Download the consultation paper.


  • Rosewell Resource Centre - Rosewell

    From 27 Feb 2019 at 18:00 to 27 Feb 2019 at 20:00

    Rosewell Resource Centre
    85 Carnethie Street
    EH24 9AN

    Wednesday 27 February from 6pm to 8pm (presentation at 7pm)

  • Somerton House Hotel - Lockerbie

    From 28 Feb 2019 at 16:00 to 28 Feb 2019 at 19:00

    Somerton House Hotel
    35 Carlisle Road
    DG11 2DR

    Thursday 28 February from 4pm to 7pm (presentation at 6pm)

  • Glenlivet Estate Office - Tomintoul

    From 6 Mar 2019 at 13:30 to 6 Mar 2019 at 20:00

    Glenlivet Estate Office
    AB37 9EX

    Wednesday 6 March from 1.30pm to 8pm (presentation at 6pm)

  • Inchberry Hall - Fochabers

    From 7 Mar 2019 at 16:00 to 7 Mar 2019 at 20:00

    Inchberry Hall
    IV32 7QB

    Thursday 7 March from 4pm to 8pm (presentation at 6pm)


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  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Economy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Farming and Rural
  • Public Sector
  • Housing and Regeneration