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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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No

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:
Break up of Highland Estates. By setting aside a self replenishing fund buying estates as they come on the market fragmenting them and selling them off to individuals or communities. These estates strangle the Scottish highlands economy limit jobs housing and opportunity. Thousands of acres presently sit producing only ticks and midges when they could be occupied by houses the sound of children playing and life.
Action Two:
Increased private/public ownership of land and relax present planning restrictions to enable fitting land use developmet such as tourism development long distance multi use paths renewable energy and increasing rural populations making them more diverse and helping rural schools services and businesses become more sustainable.
Action Three:
Re forestation. Plant millions of trees in the 800 to 2000 ft contours to enhance lamdscape views wildlife habitat timber resourse and carbon reduction.

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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No

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

Advantages:
Seen to be fair and open.
Disadvantages:
Open to undue influence from landowner groups lawyers.

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

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Should include ordinary people not all lawyers or academics.

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

Advantages:
Accountability

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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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

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:
Locals identify absent or poor lamd management.

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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No

15. What do you think the benefits would be and do you have any recommendations about how these can best be achieved?

What do you think the benefits would be and do you have any recommendations about how these can best be achieved?
Improvement of land use options

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?
No

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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No

18. What do you think the benefits would be and do you have any recommendations about how this can best be achieved?

What do you think the benefits would be and do you have any recommendations about how this can best be achieved?
Experience of these organisations would quickly benefit Scotland.

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?
No

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

22. How should “community” be defined?

How should “community” be defined?
Everyone living within two miles of small individual property or within the curtlage of estate.

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?
Confiscation

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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No

25. What do you think the advantages would be?

What do you think the advantages would be?
Fairness to other businesses. Reduction in land costs break up of estates. Diversification of land use.

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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No

36. What do you think the advantages would be?

What do you think the advantages would be?
Prevention of over grazing

Clarifying Public Access: core paths planning process

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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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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No