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Seòmar agus comataidhean

Deconcentrating Land Ownership

  • Submitted by: Mercedes Villalba, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 31 May 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-09174
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 22 June 2023

That the Parliament understands that, in 2013, just 432 landowners owned 50% of all Scotland’s privately-owned rural land; notes that feudal tenure in Scotland was only formally abolished through the Abolition of Feudal Tenure (Scotland) Act 2000; supports the expansion to community rights to buy under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015; understands that continuing concentration of ownership remains a significant barrier to communities exercising their rights; considers that land represents a huge reserve of unearned wealth in Scotland, including in the North East Scotland region; notes the view that there is a need for stronger action to disrupt the concentration of land ownership in Scotland; further notes the view that a clearly defined, legally enforced, public interest test is needed to ensure that land holdings work for the benefit of the people of Scotland, and notes the calls for Scotland’s land to be owned by, and managed for the benefit of, Scotland’s communities.

Supported by: Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Monica Lennon, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Carol Mochan, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Paul Sweeney