Developers urged to help shape future of Scottish land reforms

Hamish Trench

DEVELOPERS in Scotland are being urged to participate in a survey to help inform how engagement in decisions about land can be improved.

The Scottish Land Commission’s online surveys have officially launched. Two surveys – one for landowners and one for communities – aim to find out more about how private and public sector landowners engage with local communities.

The land reform body is hoping to collect information on the progress that has been made so far while the results will help shape future guidance and regulation changes to encourage more effective engagement with communities when it comes to land.

Hamish Trench, chief executive at the Scottish Land Commission, said, “Land is our most valuable asset. It is important to a variety of Scotland’s ambitions such as net zero, nature restoration and community empowerment. By listening to the views of landowners and communities, it will paint a better picture of how community engagement has progressed and how it can continue to improve in the coming years.

“Land can and should work to everyone’s benefit and by engaging closely with those across the country, regulations and recommendations can be shaped to ensure everybody is included in that benefit.”

The survey was first run in 2019 to establish a baseline of knowledge for the Scottish Land Commission. The latest surveys will explore how the situation has changed.

The survey will run until the 30 November. The research will then be analysed by the Scottish Land Commission and results may be shared with the Scottish Government and other relevant organisations to inform future work programmes and priorities.

It is the latest initiative from the Scottish Land Commission which recently launched its ‘Land @ Lunch’  webinars to provide information about land use and ownership.

The survey for landowners and managers can be found here:

The survey for community organisations and individuals can be found here: