Improving transparency in land ownership in Scotland: a consultation on controlling interests in land

Closed 5 Dec 2016

Opened 11 Sep 2016

Results expected 30 Dec 2016

Feedback expected 31 Jan 2017

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A consultation on proposals for regulations to require the disclosure of persons with controlling interest in landowners and tenants in a register to be held by the Registers of Scotland.

Why your views matter

Section 39 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act enables Scottish Ministers to make regulations to provide for the disclosure and publication of information on controlling interests in landowners and tenants.

The purpose of these regulations is to improve transparency in relation to the individuals who are taking decisions in matters relating to land. The Scottish Government is keen to ensure that land in Scotland is sustainably owned, used and developed in the interests of landowners, communities and wider society.

Improved information about who controls landowners and tenants in Scotland will help to empower people, including community groups, and give them the opportunity to understand who is in control of land.

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What happens next

Following the closure of the consultation the responses will be analysed and used to inform the development of regulations to be laid in Parliament in 2017.


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