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

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Shooting and fishing are businesses and should be paying rates

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:
Where land has been taken in the past it should be returned as common land
Action Two:
Fishing rights should be for the common good, at what point did Estate owners aquire fishing rights and by what means
Action Three:
The rivers belong to all of us, it is ludicrous that Estate owners can lay claim to them

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

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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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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No

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

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

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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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

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?
These are business enterprises and there is no legitimate reason for them to be exempt

26. What do you think the disadvantages would be?

What do you think the disadvantages would be?
None for the Common Good of Scotland

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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No

28. If removed, what should take the place of court approval?

If removed, what should take the place of court approval?
Local panels should be set up with a cross section of communities making the decisions

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

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No

30. What might any new legal definition of common good look like?

Do you have any other comments on this issue?
Where any outcome is to the benefit of the majority

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