New land service launching

INCREASED transparency in who has a controlling interest in Scotland’s land is being promised by a new resource being launched from Friday.

The new service will not necessarily identify ownership, but promises to provide details of “who ultimately make[s] decisions about the management or use of land, even if they are not necessarily registered as the owner, including overseas entities and trusts”.

Says an announcement issued by the Scottish Government (here): “Communities and individuals will soon have access to information to enable them to find out who has a controlling interest in Scotland’s land.

“As part of its long running commitment to improve transparency of land ownership, the Scottish Government is introducing a new Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest (RCI) in land on 1 April 2022.”

Pictured: View from the Isle of Luing, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland