We are testing a new beta website for gov.scot go to new site



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

Phone 0131 244 0812



External links

Scotland's Environment Web - Land Use Strategy information

Atlas of Living Scotland - Information and Data

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) Act 2009. A first Strategy was laid in Parliament on 17 March 2011 with a requirement that this is reviewed every 5 years. Following a period of review and consultation the Land Use Strategy 2016-2021 has been published on 22 March 2016.

The second Strategy retains the long term Vision; three Objectives relating to the economy, environment and communities; and the Principles for Sustainable Land Use to guide policy and decision making. 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. The second Strategy 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.

Keep up to date

If you would like to find out about future announcements and events please contact the Land Use & Biodiversity Team to be added to the mailing list.

Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021 (PDF)

Downloadable document:

Title:Land Use Strategy
Description:Land Use Strategy
File:Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021 [PDF, 494.1 kb: 07 Sep 2016]
Open | Open in new window
 Viewer Help


Land Use Strategy Stakeholder Event 2016

This year's event took place on 29 June 2016 at Battleby House, Perth.

The report and presentations from the day are available for download on the Events page.

Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021 published

The Land Use Strategy 2016-2021 was published on 22 March 2016

Also published on that date were the Consultation Report, Analysis Report and  Equalities Impact Assessment.

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 January 2016.