Crown Estate legislation

Landmark Scottish Crown Estate legislation passed

Local authorities and communities will have a stronger voice in the management of Scottish Crown Estate assets.

Under reforms passed by Parliament , the Scottish Crown Estate Bill establishes a framework to deliver wider benefits and new opportunities for local control of these assets, while recognising that some may still need to be managed at the national level.

Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“I believe strongly in maximising the benefits of the Crown Estate for our communities, which is why I am delighted that Parliament has agreed to open up the possibility for local authorities and communities to take direct control of the management of these assets.

“Recognising the diversity of the Scottish Crown Estate, and the need to ensure sustainability of our natural assets, I am also announcing a strategic programme of work to give us the research required to make informed decisions on the sustainability of our seaweed sector. Importantly, this includes a review of the regulatory regime for all kelp harvesting activity in Scotland.

“This bill represents a significant step in reforming the management of the Scottish Crown Estate and in empowering our communities. I look forward to visiting a part of the estate that is taken on by a local community in due course.”

Simon Hodge, Crown Estate Scotland Chief Executive said:

“We’re really pleased that this new legislation has been approved by The Scottish Parliament. It helps give our tenants clarity and certainty about how the land and property they depend on may be managed in the future.

“Since starting operation in April 2017, we’ve worked hard to deliver wider economic, social and environmental value for Scotland, as well as returning profits to the Scottish Government. This includes ambitious proposals for new offshore wind leasing, a scheme to devolve management of land and property to local bodies, a £4.5m rural investment plan and much more.

“This new legislation will enable us to focus even more on managing our assets in ways that benefits Scotland’s economy, people and environment.”

Background

Crown Estate Scotland manages assets that stretch the length and breadth of Scotland, including agricultural and forestry land, most of the seabed, just under half of the foreshore and some commercial property.

 

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