Am­bi­tious land re­form pro­pos­als are out­lined

The Oban Times - - News -

THE BEN­E­FITS of the Land Re­form Bill will be po­ten­tially life- chang­ing for in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Dr Aileen McLeod said on Mon­day.

The min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment was lis­ten­ing and keen to con­sider fur­ther im­prove­ments to the land re­form pro­pos­als, which al­ready in­clude rad­i­cal plans, in­clud­ing es­tab­lish­ing a per­ma­nent Scot­tish Land Com­mis­sion.

The com­mis­sion will end the stop-start na­ture of land re­form in Scot­land and have the po­ten­tial to help de­liver fur­ther re­forms.

The Ru­ral Af­fairs, Cli­mate Change and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee, Dr Aileen McLeod said: ‘There is no doubt that the land re­form bill will be po­ten­tially life- chang­ing for in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land.

‘Our pro­pos­als are about equal­ity and fair­ness, em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties with prac­ti­cal pow­ers and sup­port­ing sus­tain­abil­ity.

‘This am­bi­tious and rad­i­cal bill is a vi­tal next step in the land re­form jour­ney. The mea­sures in the bill make im­por­tant changes to spe­cific rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties over land, in­clud­ing pro­vi­sions to in­crease the trans­parency of land own­er­ship, which have never be­fore been seen in this coun­try. I have fol­lowed the com­mit­tee’s con­sid­er­a­tion of the bill care­fully and I look for­ward to dis­cussing the pro­vi­sions of the bill with them later to­day. I am open to ideas and sug­ges­tions re­lat­ing to Scot­land’s land re­form jour­ney and will con­tinue to work with all those with an in­ter­est to en­sure that our land ben­e­fits the peo­ple of Scot­land for gen­er­a­tions to come.’

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