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

Phone 0131 244 7968



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. 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 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.

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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 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 Janaury 2016.