Legislation to change how land is used and governed has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act will: create a public register of those with a controlling interest in land, make provisions to force land sales if owners block economic development, set up a Land Commission, improve the right to roam, strengthen ‘common good’ land status and give more rights to tenant farmers. Press reports: Holyrood magazine Financial Times Scottish Legal News
A consultation has been published on proposals for secondary legislation under the new Act relating to the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land (which was initially introduced by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act). This consultation is open until 20 June 2016
Meanwhile the Scottish Government has announced that the Scottish Land Fund to help communities buy land has more than trebled to a £10 million annual fund, will reopen on April 1, and will continue until 2020.