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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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Yes
Ticked No

2. Do you have any comments on the draft Land Rights and Responsibilities Policy?

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Designed to discourage rural investment

3. Considering your long term aspirations for land reform in Scotland, what are the top three actions that you think the Scottish Government should take?

Action One:
Encourage rural investment
Action Two:
Continue sporting rates exemption
Action Three:
Increase the current income of 270 million gbp from country sports ....by encouraging and supporting country sports

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
Ticked No

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

Advantages:
None
Disadvantages:
Micro management by those with hidden agendas, Increasing the burden of public sector employment

6. Do you have any thoughts on the structure, type or remit of any Scottish Land Reform Commission?

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No

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
Ticked No

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
Ticked No

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

Disadvantages:
Its an irrelevance

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
Ticked No

12. Do you hold data you could share or is there any data you would wish to access?

Do you hold data you could share or is there any data you would wish to access?
No

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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Yes
Ticked No

16. 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?
Sledge hammer to crack a nut

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
Ticked No

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?
Forestry Commission already costs far too much, so will other public bodies....public money isn't magic money..its mine

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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No

21. What do you think the advantages or disadvantages would be?

Advantages:
Bodies like NTS, John Muir Trust, RSPB will be forced to listen to local concerns

22. How should “community” be defined?

How should “community” be defined?
Community Council

23. What remedies should be available should a trustee of a charity fail to engage appropriately with the local community?

What remedies should be available should a trustee of a charity fail to engage appropriately with the local community?
Prosecution

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?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No

26. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
Many marginal shooting estates will be forced to close, losing jobs and environment protection that they current fulfil at no public cost. Definition of sporting estate Assessment and collection cost Discourage investment in rural Scotland

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?
Already sufficient powers

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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Yes
Ticked No

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
Ticked No

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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Ticked Yes
No

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.
The Scottish Government has a history of ignoring consultation. Some of the proposals are horrifying in their implications, and a result of an urban based government dictating to a rural minority in an effort to impose their own political ambitions on that minority

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?
Many of the proposals will result in job losses in Rural Scotland and will therefore bring about deprivation.
How can we make sure that all individuals and communities can access the benefits of these proposals?
I can't see any

43. Please tell us about any potential costs or savings that may occur as a result of the proposals for the Bill, and any increase or reduction in the burden of regulation for any sector. Please be as specific as possible.

Please tell us about any potential costs or savings that may occur as a result of the proposals for the Bill, and any increase or reduction in the burden of regulation for any sector. Please be as specific as possible.
Huge cost of assessment for sporting rates. Increased burden of regulation in the agriculture and country sports industry...which alone brings in at least 240 million gbp to Scotland, most of it in the rural area

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.
Huge amounts of wildlife and environmental protection are carried out on privately owned land...this will not be continued once those lands are 'redistributed'