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Scotland to undergo 10-year land ownership survey

SCOTTISH Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse announced a 10-year mapping plan yesterday to work out who owns every part of Scotland.

The announcement followed a report on land reform published last week. The report’s 62 recommendations include a call for a new law to limit how much land any single person can own in

Scotland, devolution of the Crown Estate Commission’s powers to the Scottish Parliament, and a new right for councils to force the sale of vacant or derelict plots. Mr Wheelhouse said it was a “vital underpinning step in Scotland’s land reform journey” and would “ensure that at last everyone will know who owns Scotland.”

Chairwoman of the review group Dr Alison Elliot said: “Setting a target for completing the register of land ownership will bring closer the day when there is a definitive answer to the question who owns Scotland?

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