Report renews calls for comprehensive land information service

RENEWED calls have been made, to set up a system that comprehensively collects information about Scotland’s land.

Specifically, an appeal has been made that a commitment made in 2015 – to create such a facility – be honoured.

Says a report, here, written by the well-known land reformer, Andy Wightman: “Two attempts have been made to establish Scotland’s Land Information Service (here). The first was in the 1990s when organisations led by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) attempted to establish a land information system for the UK to pull together information on land ownership, valuation, land use and other features of land. The project did not succeed in its ambitions. The second attempt, by Unifi Scotland (here), was initiated in 2015 but is still not implemented.”

Says a media releases issued on behalf of the joint commissioners of the report – the think tank, the David Hume Institute, and Built Environment Forum – here: “A fully-functioning land and building Information system in Scotland would enable users to quickly and easily access information about any piece of land or property in Scotland through a single online source. This will allow for simplified property transfers, better policy and decision-making, improved accountability and transparency, and more innovative use of data for wider social and economic benefit.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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