Land Reform Bill
Here we have pulled together all of the Commission's research and evidence, proposals and quick guides in one handy place to provide the background information to the Scottish Government's Land Reform Bill consultation.
Have a browse and a read and if you have any questions or would like more information please get in touch!
Land Focus - Quick guides to key land reform topics
In this Land Focus paper we set out some of the key issues the Scottish Land Commission identifies in relation to natural capital, land and a just transition.
This Land Focus explores the Commission's review of land for housing, which proposes five recommendations suggesting a new model where the public sector takes a leading role in the housing land market.
This Land Focus draws on a series of international case studies looking at community ownership and our wider approach to the governance of land ownership, use, and rights in Scotland.
Research and Evidence
This research looks at the evidence of the benefits of early engagement in land use planning decisions.
This research looks at whether land banking takes place in Scotland and the impact it may have.
This report finds that to deliver the homes that rural Scotland needs, other housing providers have to be supported and new models of housing delivery are required. Rural housing cannot be delivered at the necessary level by the business model used by most large UK private house builders.
Evidence report following an investigation into the impacts of scale and concentration of land ownership in Scotland. The report followed a call for evidence for anyone with experience of living or working in parts of Scotland where most of the land is owned by a small number of people, to share their experiences.
This report looks at international approaches to limiting scale and concentration of land ownership.
This paper looks at the current legal context of human rights law in Scotland and its implications for any new proposals addressing land ownership.
This report scopes the range of funding models available to, and being used by, community landowning groups.
This report identifies, explores and considers the wider implications of relevant and emerging sources of finance that are complementary to the Scottish Land Fund.
This report looks at the diverse governance of land ownership and use and how common it is in European contexts.
This summary presents the findings of the first stage of a two-stage research project on improving reporting of land market transactions in Scotland.
Analysis of land sales data and proposals for improving future reporting of land market transactions.
This review provides an additional evidence base to assist the formulation of recommendations relating to concentrated and large-scale land ownership in Scotland.
This summary presents the findings of research to review the effectiveness of community ownership mechanisms and options for simplifying or improving these mechanisms to enable and support the expansion of community ownership in Scotland.
Our Proposals and Recommendations
This report sets out the Commission’s conclusions and recommendations from our review into issues associated with scale and concentration of land ownership.
This paper sets out some of the work that has been done since 2019 to progress the non-statutory recommendations made by the Land Commission, as well as presenting initial ideas on how three modernising measures proposed for statutory change could work in practice. It is intended to inform discussion about the next steps for Scotland’s land reform journey.
This report advises Ministers of the key findings and recommendations from the Scottish Land Commission’s review of community ownership mechanisms.
This report proposes advice to Scottish Ministers to make positive steps to shape the land market and emerging natural capital markets in the public interest.
The review of land for housing proposes five recommendations suggesting a new model where the public sector takes a leading role in the hosuing land market to create places people want to live at prices they can afford.
Short summaries of our key recommendations
Summary of our recommendations on how three modernising measures proposed for statutory change could work in practice.