Scottish Land Commission – Transparency of Ownership and Land Use Decision-Making

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council. See also this blog post)

Owners and managers are being encouraged to provide simple details that will greatly improve people’s understanding of who owns land in Scotland and what it is used for, under the Scottish Land Commission’s latest protocol.

The protocol on ‘Transparency of Ownership and Land Use Decision-Making’ was published this week and it is the second in the good practice series issued by the Commission to support the practical implementation of the Scottish Government’s land rights and responsibilities statement (LRRS).

The land rights and responsibilities statement is working to create a Scotland with a strong and dynamic relationship between its land and people and where all land contributes to a modern and successful country, but a lack of transparency about land ownership and land use decision-making still remains as a barrier to progress.

This protocol focuses particularly on Principle 5 of the statement: “There should be improved transparency of information about the ownership, use and management of land, and this should be publicly available, clear and contain relevant detail” and supports the upcoming Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land. Continue reading