Land Use and BiodiversityTeam
The Scottish Government
1C North
Victoria Quay

Phone 0131 244 7968




Report on the Evaluation of the Land Use Strategy Regional Framework Pilots published

An independent evaluation of the Land Use Strategy Regional Framework Pilots was carried out to consider the processes of developing and managing the projects as well as the final outputs. A Report on the Evaluation of the Regional Land Use Framework Pilots and the Research Findings were published on 20 Janaury 2016.

Draft Land Use Strategy 2016 -2021 consultation launched

A consultation on a draft Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021 was launched on 20 November 2015 and is open until 29 January 2016. Views are invited on a suite of land use policies and proposals which cover the next five years.  Information on how to respond is available here:

Land Use Strategy

Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021

Scotland's Land Use Strategy is a key commitment of Section 57 of the Climate Change (Scotland) 2009 and a first Strategy was laid in Parliament on 17 March 2011.  A second Strategy has been prepared following a period of review. Views are invited on the consultation draft Land Use Strategy 2016 – 2021 until 29 January 2016.

The second Strategy retains the long term Vision; three Objectives relating to the economy, environment and communities - the three pillars of sustainability and Principles for Sustainable Land Use of the first Strategy to guide policy and decision making by Government and across the public sector. It builds on the experience of the two Regional Land Use Pilot projects in Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Borders which tested an innovative approach to local land use decision-making and contains activities for the next 5 years including themes such as agriculture, Scottish Rural Development Programme, forestry and the uplands as well as land use decision-making at a local level.

Land Use Strategy Vision to 2050

A Scotland where we fully recognise, understand and value the importance of our land resources, and where our plans and decisions about land use deliver improved and enduring benefits, enhancing the wellbeing of our nation.

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