Under Part 4 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”), Scottish Ministers have a duty to issue “guidance about engaging communities in decisions relating to land which may affect communities” (“the Guidance”).
The purpose of the Guidance is to encourage land owners and land managers to develop co-operative and positive working relationships with local communities. The aim is to support good working practices that can lead to mutually beneficial solutions to land-related problems and better local outcomes for economic, environmental, social or cultural issues.
The consultation seeks the views of key stakeholders on the draft Guidance.
Why We Are Consulting
The future success of the guidance will require collective buy-in and promotion of the importance of engagement. As part of the development of the guidance, this consultation will ensure that all those who have a view on engaging communities with regard to decisions about land can contribute to that development process.