Scottish Government to Lodge 49 Land Reform Bill Amendments

The Scottish government is to move 49 amendments to the Land Reform Bill amid calls for it to be made more "radical".

The legislation as it stands is concerned with management of land and ending tax relief for shooting estates.

MSPs had said the bill needed "more work", while SNP conference delegates backed making it more "robust".

Land Reform Minister Aileen McLeod said the changes would make the bill "the most radical and ambitious land reform legislation possible".

'Open to suggestions'

The latest changes come in addition to an earlier announcement of a provision to create a register of people in control of land in Scotland.

The bill also includes:

  • Provisions to force land sales if owners block economic development
  • Plans to strengthen regulations where land owners are failing to take deer management seriously
  • Improvement to the systems of right to roam and common good land.

Changes include:

  • Strengthening the commitment to public engagement
  • Changes to the way appointments to the proposed Land Commission are made
  • Stronger commitment to the Gaelic language in the commission.

The rural affairs, environment and climate change committee will consider amendments on the first five parts of the bill this week.

Ms McLeod said the government was "strengthening an already radical" bill.

She said: "This strengthened bill will change the relationship between the people of Scotland and the land that we live, work and depend on.

"As I have said before, I am open to ideas and suggestions relating to Scotland's land reform journey and will continue to listen to all the evidence and will consider any further suggestions."

Source: BBC

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