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Land Rights in 21st Century Scotland

1. Do you agree that the Scottish Government should have a stated Land Rights and Responsibilities Policy?

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A Scottish Land Reform Commission

4. Do you agree that a Scottish Land Reform Commission would help ensure Scotland continues to make progress on land reform and has the ability to respond to emergent issues?

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Yes
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5. What do you think the advantages or disadvantages of having a Scottish Land Reform Commission would be?

Disadvantages:
The very people you aim to target (the wealthy landowners) may decide that enough is enough, and withdraw their investment and it is investment providing many rural jobs where otherwise none would exist.

Limiting the legal entities that can own land in Scotland

7. Do you agree that restricting the type of legal entities that can, in future, take ownership or a long lease over land in Scotland would help improve the transparency and accountability of land ownership in Scotland?

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Yes
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8. Do you agree that in future land should only be owned (or a long lease taken over land) by individuals or by a legal entity formed in accordance with the law of a Member State of the EU?

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Yes
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9. What do you think the advantages or disadvantages of such a restriction would be?

Disadvantages:
Restrictive, medlesome, interfering, unnessesary.

Information on land, its value and ownership

11. Do you agree that better co-ordination of information on land, its value and ownership would lead to better decision making for both the private and public sectors?

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Yes
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13. What do you think the advantages of disadvantages of wider and more flexible sharing of land information would be and do you have any recommendations about how this can best be achieved?

Advantages:
The only positive thing I can see is that transparency of ownership should be statuatory. It should be possible to know who owns land in Scotland.

Sustainable development test for land governance

14. Do you agree that there should be powers given to Scottish Ministers or another public body to direct private landowners to take action to overcome barriers to sustainable development in an area?

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A more proactive role for public sector land management

17. Do you agree that public sector bodies, such as Forestry Commission Scotland, should be able to engage in a wider range of management activities in order to promote a more integrated range of social, economic and environmental outcomes?

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Yes
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19. Do you have any concerns or alternative ways to achieve the same aim?

Do you have any concerns or alternative ways to achieve the same aim?
FCS has their own agenda and they should not nor should any other body be able to interfere with how privately owned land is managed.

Duty of community engagement on land management decisions to be placed on charitable trustees

20. Do you think a trustee of a charity should be required to engage with the local community before taking a decision on the management, use or transfer of land under the charity’s control?

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Yes
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Removal of the exemption to business rates for shooting and deerstalking

24. Should the current business rate exemptions for shootings and deer forests be ended?

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Yes
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26. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
It will enevitably lead to job losses as the majority of estates are expensive to run and few break even. They are heavily dependant upon the wealthy land owners investing capital made elsewhere to make them feasible. Inflicting these rates upon the estates is nothing more that a cheap shot by a left wing government who have a particular axe to grind.

Common Good

27. Do you agree that the need for court approval for disposals or changes of use of common good property, where this currently exists, should be removed?

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Yes
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Wild Deer

35. Do you agree that further deer management regulation measures should be introduced to be available in the event that the present arrangements are assessed as not protecting the public interest?

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Yes
Ticked No

37. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
More meddling in something you don't fully understand. The people who know how best to manage the deer are the estate factors, stalkers and peolpe who are on the ground every day. Not some minister sitting in an office with a pen.

Clarifying Public Access: core paths planning process

38. At present, section 18 of the 2003 Act is silent on the issue of resolving objections to a core path plan consultation. Do you agree that access authorities should be required, in the interests of transparency, to conduct a further limited consultation about proposed changes arising from objections?

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39. Do you agree that section 20 of the 2003 Act should be clarified so that Ministerial direction is not required when an access authority initiates a core path plan review?

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Yes
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40. Do you think that the process for a minor amendment to core path plan (as set out in section 20 of the 2003 Act) should be simplified to make it less onerous than that for a full review of a core path plan?

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Assessing Impact

41. Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel the draft Land Rights and Responsibilities Policy or any of the proposals for the Bill may have on particular groups of people, with reference to the “protected characteristics” listed above. Please be as specific as possible.

Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel the draft land policy or any of the proposals for the Bill may have on particular groups of people, with reference to the “protected characteristics” listed above. Please be as specific as possible.
Rural job losses will occur. A new wave of Highland Clearances will take place. Community land ownership does not work. Communities do not have enough working capital to undertake the huge running costs of these wild places. Only the super wealthy whom you dispise so much have the necessary moeny to be able to maintain buildings, employ stalkers, foresters, gardeners, staff. The list goes on and these jobs are the most precarious.

42. What differences might there be in the impact of the Bill on individuals and communities with different levels of advantage or deprivation?

What differences might there be in the impact of the Bill on individuals and communities with different levels of advantage or deprivation?
The deprived will remain deprived and the ones in a slightly better position have everything to lose.
How can we make sure that all individuals and communities can access the benefits of these proposals?
The majority of these estate comprise thousands of acres of pretty usless land. Shooting brings in large amounts of money to areas where otherwise there would be little inward investment.

45. Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel any of the proposals contained in this consultation may have on the environment. Please be as specific as possible.

Please tell us about any potential impacts, either positive or negative, you feel any of the proposals contained in this consultation may have on the environment.
The wilds of Scotland managed for deer and grouse would be left fallow and habitat would suffer as a result. Heather would grow unabated until it became nothing more that a real fire danger. It's widey know that grouse moors provide some of the best habitat for many species other than grouse. The list goes on.