The Scottish Land Commission has just published a Report which it commissioned on interventions to manage land markets and limit the concentration of land ownership in places other than Scotland. It can be accessed here (PDF here). It draws insights from suitable comparators that should, we hope, be meaningful for Scotland.
I say “we hope” because I was lucky enough to be part of the team that won the tender from the Scottish Land Commission for this contract, working with researchers at the University of the Highlands and Islands and a colleague at the University of Aberdeen. (I trailed this in an earlier blog post.)
For fear of paraphrasing our work inexpertly, I will refer you directly to the (open access) report. That begins with an Executive Summary, for those pressed for time.
One thing I will add here though is another “thank you” for all the country experts who assisted with the Report, who helped to make this is as current as feasibly possible. Our helpers from all sorts of airts and pairts are listed in an Annex to the Report.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Land Commission has also launched a discussion paper (as part of its Land Lines series) on concentration of land ownership (available here, PDF here), with an accompanying blog post here. No doubt that will attract some interest and associated responses. Meanwhile, I am part of another workstream for the Scottish Land Commission which will be looking at the experience Scottish communities have had with existing rights to buy, and I am looking forward to pressing on with that project as well.
Back in 2003, the then MSP Alasdair Morrison noted the following in the Scottish Parliament, as the (first) Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was passed into law.
Tha latha an uachdarain seachad, agus an-diugh tha achd Pàrlamaid ùr againn: Achd Ath-leasachaidh an Fhearainn (Alba) 2003. Tha e crìochnaichte.
We can allow the occasional flourish from a politician, but chan eil e crìochnaichte fhàthast. More followed in 2016. And it seems there is more to come. Stay tuned for the next edition of land reform in Scotland.