Land re­form MP con­firms pub­lic reg­is­ter plans

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

THE CRE­ATION of a pub­lic reg­is­ter to show who con­trols land in Scot­land is be­ing planned by the Scot­tish Govern­ment.

Land re­form min­is­ter Dr Aileen McLeod has con­firmed she plans to amend the bill at stage three to give the Scot­tish Govern­ment the power to make reg­u­la­tions to cre­ate a pub­lic reg­is­ter to in­crease the trans­parency around who con­trols land in Scot­land.

Dr McLeod said: ‘ There is rightly a great deal of in­ter­est in who owns Scot­land. I have lis­tened very care­fully to the many views ex­pressed, in­clud­ing by the ru­ral affairs, cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee, in favour of greater trans­parency on who con­trols land in Scot­land.

‘This is some­thing I be­lieve can ben­e­fit our coun­try, par­tic­u­larly com­mu­ni­ties which wish to have more of a say over how land in their area is used and man­aged.

‘That is why I am pleased to con­firm that the govern­ment plans to cre­ate a pub­lic reg­is­ter of who con­trols land in Scot­land and to en­able this we will amend the land re­form bill at stage three to give the pow­ers re­quired to cre­ate a pub­lic reg­is­ter which will con­tain the in­for­ma­tion needed to give greater trans­parency about who con­trols our land.

‘More work is re­quired on com­plex le­gal is­sues, such as what in­for­ma­tion should be dis­closed and how to pro­tect the pri­vacy of in­di­vid­u­als.

‘So I will put in place the nec­es­sary pow­ers to al­low fur­ther work to be done and en­sure that this bill de­liv­ers a frame­work that gives, sub­ject to par­lia­men­tary scru­tiny, de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about who con­trols land in Scot­land.’

Aileen McLeod plan to amend the land re­form bill to al­low the

cre­ation of a pub­lic reg­is­ter.

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