Delivering improved transparency in land ownership in Scotland: consultation analysis

This report presents an analysis of responses to our consultation on land reform.

6. Conclusions

6.1 A range of informed stakeholders took part in the consultation. They were typically highly-engaged and knowledgeable about relevant issues, such as land ownership, interpretation of regulations and citizens' rights to accessing information. They shared expertise, examples and reflections on ways the proposals may affect those who own or lease land in Scotland and the implications for greater transparency. These responses provide a useful evidence base for the Scottish Government to draw upon in the development of the final regulations.

6.2 At a broad level, responses to the proposals were mixed. Participants' comments typically reflected different interests and perspectives and in some cases these views were at odds with each other; for example, in relation to penalties and enforcement, or the level of information captured in the Register. This presents a challenge for those drafting the regulations; it is likely that the final regulations will not be able to satisfy all stakeholders.

6.3 Reflecting across responses, it was evident that participants would like more clarity about aspects of the regulations, particularly in relation to exemptions. In some cases, participants asked for an extension to the timescales proposed in the consultation document. There were frequent calls for the Scottish Government to specify the resources that will be made available to the Registers of Scotland when the Register is created.



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