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Scale and Concentration of Land Ownership

Scotland has an unusually concentrated pattern of land ownership in an international context. As part of the Commission’s work to support Scottish Ministers’ ambitions for a fairer and more dynamic framework for the ownership and use of Scotland’s land we have investigated the issues associated with scale and concentration of land ownership.  

We have carried out the most substantial investigation conducted into the impacts of this issue based on robust evidence about rural land ownership that shows how the concentration of social, economic and decision-making power significantly impacts communities across rural Scotland.  We have made initial recommendations to Scottish Government to address the adverse effects identified, and to stimulate a more productive, diverse and dynamic pattern of rural land ownership.

This discussion paper looks at how three new legislative measures can work in practice to help modernise land ownership in Scotland. The proposals are designed to support a dynamic and productive economy, by addressing the adverse effects of Scotland’s unusually concentrated land ownership. The three measures are based on ideas that are normal in other countries and economic sectors to help markets operate efficiently and safeguard the public interest. A short summary is also available.

Addressing the adverse effects of Scotland’s concentration of land ownership
Investigation into the issues associated with scale and concentration land ownership in Scotland

Scale and Concentration of Land Ownership publications

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Summary - Legislative proposals to address the impact of Scotland's concentration of land ownership

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Legislative proposals to address the impact of Scotland’s concentration of land ownership - A discussion paper

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Centenary reflections on the significance and the enduring legacy of the Land Settlement (Scotland) Act 1919

Repeopling Emptied Places by Jim Hunter

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Scale and Concentration: Research review - The effects associated with concentrated and large scale land ownership in Scotland

A review by SRUC of previous literature and a descriptive analysis of Scotland’s current pattern of landownership.

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Scale and Concentration: Report to Ministers - Review of scale and concentration of land ownership

This report sets out the Commission’s conclusions and recommendations from our review into issues associated with scale and concentration of land ownership in Scotland.

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Scale & Concentration: Investigation into the issues associated with scale and concentration of land ownership in Scotland

Evidence report following an investigation into the impacts of scale and concentration of land ownership in Scotland. The report follows a call for evidence by the Commission last year, 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.

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Understanding Land and Inequality

The role of land in contributing to sustainable and economic growth in Scotland

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Land Lines - Land: For the many, not the few? Limitations on the scale of land ownership

In this paper, the third in the Land Lines series, Peter Peacock looks at the scale of concentration of ownership of land in Scotland.

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Research on interventions to manage land markets and limit the concentration of land ownership elsewhere in the world

This research report looks at international approaches to limiting scale and concentration of land ownership.

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Scale and Concentration: Overview of the evidence report and recommendations

Short summary of the Investigation into the issues associated with Large Scale and Concentrated Land Ownership in Scotland and the Recommendations to Scottish Ministers.

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Scale and Concentration: Response from Ministers

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