Land reform body is now operational
THIS week marks a significant milestone in land reform in Scotland with the establishment of the Scottish Land Commission.
The new organisation was created under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 to help take forward the Scottish Government’s priorities for land reform.
The commission comprises six commissioners, including a tenant farming commissioner, whose job it is to advise the Scottish Government and those involved in land.
Chairman Andrew Thin said: ‘ We are really keen to get out and talk with everyone who has an interest in the work of the commission.
‘ We have published our interim corporate plan for 2017-18, which outlines the commission’s priorities for the first year, and how we will help to take the next step on the land reform journey.
‘We are focused on driving land reform and working towards creating a fairer more inclusive Scotland, in which everyone has a shared interest in our land, and everyone looks out for the interests of others.’
The cabinet secretary for land reform Roseanna Cunningham said: ‘The commission will have a key role in reviewing policy and legislation, helping to influence future developments relating to land ownership and helping to ensure that communities in both rural and urban Scotland are enabled to make the most of their potential.
‘The membership of the commission reflects the fact that land reform impacts on every single person in Scotland, with members from cities, towns, rural areas and a dedicated tenant farming commissioner to deal with the specialised nature of this important area.
‘I would like to wish all the commissioners the best of luck with their important work.’