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Scotland’s land register consultation starts

Words: Roger Milne

The Scottish government is pushing ahead with its proposals to improve the transparency of land ownership in the country.

This week ministers began consulting on proposals for a register of controlling interests in landowners and tenants, a key element of the Land Reform Act 2016.

The aim is to ensure that communities, tenants and landowners know and understand more about who has controlling interests in the entities and individuals that own or are tenants of land in Scotland – including those from outside the UK.

Views are being sought on the meaning of "controlling interest", the scope of the regulations, the type of land they will apply to and the persons to whom the regulations will apply.

Cabinet secretary for land reform Roseanna Cunningham said: “Improving transparency of land ownership in Scotland goes to the very heart of progressing land reform in Scotland.

“We have started to consult on proposals for a public register of controlling interests in land that will, when implemented, help to ensure that all the people of Scotland can benefit from one of our most vital assets.”