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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

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

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It interferes too much with the work that land managers do.

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:
Keep in mind that landowners invest a huge amount of effort and money in often poor upland areas and don't do anything which will hurt these areas.
Action Two:
Realise that landowners employ a large number of folk in areas where employment is otherwise difficult.
Action Three:
Realise that large upland estates support a huge range of other trades and communities by bringing in outside money. Don't take actions which will tip the balance just because you believe that individuals shouldn't own property which is how it is coming across.

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:
Another talking shop. Another waste of money.

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

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It shouldn't happen.

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?

Advantages:
None
Disadvantages:
Disadvantage investment in Scotland.

10. How should any restriction operate and be enforced, and what consequences might follow if the restriction is breached?

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No restriction should operate.

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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Ticked Yes
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?
Not at the moment.

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:
May help in some rural planning where it is difficult to contact a landowner.
Disadvantages:
None
Recommendations for achieving better co-ordination of information on land
Can't see anything wrong with a land register.

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

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?
Has this ever been a problem or is this a non issue?

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?
See 15

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

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?
None

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?
I can see this leading to more interference,red tape and costs with no real benefit.

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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Ticked Yes
No

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

Advantages:
Charities with huge land holdings often manage them with no regard for anything but their narrow aims and should be compelled to fit in with what is best for the local situation. For example RSPB should not slaughter so many deer when their neighbours rely on deer to make their business viable.
Disadvantages:
None

22. How should “community” be defined?

How should “community” be defined?
The people who actually LIVE in the area and not representitatives of charities based in cities.

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?
Take away charitable status and make them try to exist in the real world of commerce.

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
Ticked No

25. What do you think the advantages would be?

What do you think the advantages would be?
None

26. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
Make them unviable economically. This will result in the shedding of very precious rural jobs. Have a huge knock on effect on other businesses and far from raising money will cost in welfare payments etc. This could wreck some fragile rural economies.

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
Ticked No

29. Should there be a new legal definition of common good?

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Yes
Ticked No

31. Do you have any other comments on common good?

What might any new legal definition of common good look like?
Works fine the way it is.

Agricultural Holdings

32. Do you agree that the Scottish Government should take forward some of the recommendations of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group within the Land Reform Bill?

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Yes
Ticked No

33. What do you think the advantages would be?

What do you think the advantages would be?
None

34. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
More state interference

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

36. What do you think the advantages would be?

What do you think the advantages would be?
none

37. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
Their is already quite sufficient measures thar SNH can undertake when it is proved that deer are causing damage. In too many areas deer have already been killed to such a degree that that icon of Scotland ,the mature Red Stag , is now so rare that tourists and walkers ask where they are. This can't be good for tourism or the image of Scotland. Deer culling has in most areas gone far enough.

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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Ticked Yes
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?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked 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.
I think the policy is aimed at hurting big absentee landowners for some political aim but will have the effect of hurting the small man who lives and works on the ground. It will devalue The natural assets of Scotland. It makes me very sad!!!!!

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?
It will make small rural communities poorer and could create an upland economic wasteland.
How can we make sure that all individuals and communities can access the benefits of these proposals?
I can see few benefits from theses proposals.

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.
Nothing that has been proposed will result in any savings it will just result in more red tape, more cost and give very little benefit. Just more state interference under the guise of " fairness" whatever that is supposed to mean.

44. Please tell us about any potential impacts upon the privacy of individuals that may arise as a result of any of the proposals contained in this consultation. Please be as specific as possible.

Please tell us about any potential impacts upon the privacy of individuals that may arise as a result of any of the proposals contained in this consultation. Please be as specific as possible.
Any interference is bound to lead to have an impact on individuals freedom and privacy. They go hand in hand.

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.
You are going to create an upland waste land with no population on the ground with the resulting degradation of the environment unless you want to spend millions of public money each year.