Scotland's third Land Use Strategy: consultation

We are consulting on our third Land Use Strategy which will be published in March 2021. This sets out our vision for achieving sustainable land use in Scotland, the objectives and the policies and actions that will help deliver it.

Section 4 – Equality: Call for Evidence

Documented or academic evidence on the impact of land use on equality, in particular the protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010 is not widespread.

We have some data showing for example that there is a higher percentage of older people living in rural areas, and that older or disabled people have fewer opportunities to access the outdoors, but it is not a large evidence base.

We want to make sure we are not overlooking any potential impacts of the Land Use Strategy, which is why we are issuing a call for evidence:

Q10: If you have lived experience or have studied the impacts of land use, land use change, or access to the outdoors on age, disability, sex, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership, please provide us with details about this in the box below.

You also have the option to upload documents via the consultation portal.

In addition to the protected characteristics enshrined in law, we are also interested in any potential impacts of the Land Use Strategy on island communities and young people.

Q11: Are you aware of any examples of how the Land Use Strategy might impact, positively or negatively, island communities in a way that is different from its impact on mainland areas?

Q12: Are there any particular current or future impacts you can think of on young people, (children, pupils, and young adults up to the age of 26) of land use, land use change, or any other aspect of the Land Use Strategy, positively or negatively. Please provide examples or evidence:



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