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Land Reform Act comes into force 29/06/2016 The first parts of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act are now in force.

Land Reform Act comes into force

The first parts of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act - changes on the use of common good land, business rates for shooting and deerstalking, and deer management – are now in force.

Other parts of the Act, including those on agricultural holdings and on landowners engaging with communities, will begin later in the parliamentary session.

The provisions will:

  • End the exemption from business rates for shooting and deerstalking. This means these businesses will be subject to the same arrangements as others in Scotland from April 2017
  • Give local authorities the power to change the use of some types of common good land if they apply for court consent
  • Award new powers on the management of deer populations

“Today marks a vital next step in a wider and on-going programme of reform across Scotland,” said Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham. “A land rights and responsibilities statement and a Scottish Land Commission will follow. We will also support landowners to better engage with communities and will shortly begin to implement the Act’s agricultural holdings provisions.”

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