The Crown Estate in Scotland includes a diverse portfolio of property, rights and interests that influence many aspects of rural and coastal life in Scotland. This consultation is an opportunity to help shape the long term framework for the devolved management of the Crown Estate in Scotland and how the revenue should be used to benefit Scotland and communities. The Scottish Ministers intend to put in place a new legislative framework for management of Crown Estate assets - accountable to the Scottish Parliament and ensuring alignment with Scottish policy objectives. The new permanent framework can only be delivered once the transfer completes the devolution of legislative competence. The Scotland Act 2016 makes provision for this transfer but the transfer has not yet been completed.
This consultation focuses on the future purpose of the Crown Estate in Scotland and what changes are needed to the existing legislation to deliver that purpose.
Why We Are Consulting
Earlier this year, we consulted on proposals to establish the interim body to manage the Crown Estate in Scotland, post devolution. Interim arrangements are being put in place to ensure a smooth transition, from the point of devolution, until the Scottish Parliament has legislated on the long-term framework for management of the assets. We are now consulting on proposals for the long term management.
This consultation seeks your views on how the Crown Estate in Scotland should be managed in future and what reforms are needed. Consultation responses will inform our policy on how this can best be achieved.