Make Scottish Land Reform work

Communities have the greatest benefit from community projects that deliver real change, because they are the first to benefit. The Land Reform Act is good in principle but hasn't achieved much. It should be made much easier for communities to buy land and assets for green projects and the creation of much needed homes and jobs. Land needs to be taken out of the hands of owners who are only interested in securing their own profits. Negligent and unresponsive owners should be forced to take action or face compulsory purchase. Money needs to be more easily available for communities to purchase assets when the opportunity arises.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/scottish-land-reform-going-nowhere-brian-wilson-2910514

Why the contribution is important

Community management will ensure that small, remote and rural communities remain viable, enabling them to improve biodiversity and develop green projects. 

by JoanneM on October 19, 2020 at 07:41PM

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  • Posted by whatnow October 20, 2020 at 15:06

    We need a far more radical plan for land reform, in particular, more equitable land distribution.

    In addition, it must be made mandatory that land owners have to engage completely with local communities.
  • Posted by lcraik October 21, 2020 at 07:11

    All unresistered land should be given to the local community council
  • Posted by lcraik October 21, 2020 at 07:14

    Any brown field site that has not been developed in 10 years should be given to the local Community Council
  • Posted by BevCW October 21, 2020 at 07:40

    I do not believe that rivers, lochs or any bodies of water should be privately owned.
  • Posted by annec October 21, 2020 at 18:13

    We need to end the use of large areas of land for grouse and dear shooting. The protection of these lands for these purposes has massive consequences for biodiversity in Scotland. The government should be encouraging rewilding and the return of community ownership.
  • Posted by Joyce October 22, 2020 at 11:07

    The two Land Reform Acts and the setting up of the Scottish Land Commission have been a start but there is an urgent need to build on these by tackling the questions of land ownership, community land ownership (both countryside and urban sites) and land tax.
  • Posted by nickm October 22, 2020 at 23:54

    And bybthe way, in urban areas, the many golf courses which are in danger of being sold to developers should become community-owned parks and greenspaces (and food growing gardens).
  • Posted by lesliesoulfire October 23, 2020 at 13:29

    I strongly agree about the urban golf courses. Dundee just had beautiful mature trees on the former golf course cut down by developers. This is why planning regulations need not only tightened up, but funded so that they can be enforced. The houses could have been built in a way that leaves the trees alone.
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