Overview of Evidence on Land Reform in Scotland

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the evidence available on the implementation and progress of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 to date, and to highlight some of the key issues that may be worth considering in its forthcoming review.


1. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) November 2001.

2. The sharp decline in the number of applications submitted in 2009-2010 should perhaps be viewed in the context of the changing economic climate, the changing land market, and the (real or perceived) impact of the money available for buyouts.

3. This number does not correspond with the figure of 131 applications as the JRF report was published in 2010. http://www.localpeopleleading.co.uk/policy-talk/policy-articles/720/

4. These applications were submitted before there was a requirement for them to have been formally approved by Ministers beforehand. As a result, they were not required to have a 34(4) letter, and were only issued with one after the process had been changed.


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