Policy & Lobbying

Policy Document Index

  • 29/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Annual Taxation Event
    Scottish Land & Estates Annual Taxation Event Date: Wednesday 29th November 2017 Time: 10am to 1.30pm Venue: Perth Racecourse, Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB Sponsored by: Turcan Connell & Chiene + Tait Chartered Accountants Agenda will be available very soon...  
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  • 12/10/2017 - Central Regional Reception - 12 October 2017
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. This is your opportunity to meet other members, staff, Boa
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  • 05/10/2017 - South East Regional Reception
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. This is your opportunity to meet other members, staff, Boar
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  • 05/10/2017 - Woodland Creation and Rural Business Diversification: ½ day walk and talk event (Free to attend)
    Ardoch Farm, Eaglesham, G76 0PL, Thursday 5th October, 12:30 – 16:30 (Lunch provided) With concern about falling incomes in traditional agriculture and uncertainty over future subsidies, landowners are increasingly looking for ways to maximise productivity of their land and diversify incomes. Integrating forestry with f
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  • 03/10/2017 - Highland Regional Reception - 3 October 2017
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. This is your opportunity to meet other members, staff, Boa
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  • 25/09/2017 - North East Regional Reception - 25 September 2017
    You are cordially invited to attend a special, informal North East Members meeting, kindly hosted by Andrew Bradford at Kincardine Castle, Kincardine O’neil, Aboyne, AB34 5AE on Monday 25 September at 2pm. The reason for this meeting is to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members
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  • 18/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Regional Receptions
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. This is your opportunity to meet other members, staff, Boa
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  • 18/09/2017 - South West Regional Reception
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. This is your opportunity to meet other members, staff, Boar
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  • 06/09/2017 - "Our Economy: What Next?"
    Royal Society of Arts:  meeting to be addressed by William Dowson, Bank of England Agent for Scotland. Wednesday 6th September (1715 for 1730-1900) at SCOTTISH BORDERS COUNCIL HQ, Newtown St Boswells The meeting, under the Chatham House Rule, is open to all including members of Scottish Land & Estates, Scottish Borde
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  • 23/08/2017 - Changes to SEPA’s charging regime
    Until early November, SEPA are consulting on proposals to amend charges from 2018 onwards. This affects permit application and annual subsistence charges paid to SEPA to support our regulatory activities.  In April 2016 SEPA introduced the Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme. This scheme replaced five exi
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  • 21/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 21 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 21 August 2017.
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  • 21/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 14 - 18 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 14 - 18 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 21/08/2017 - Current consultations - 21 August 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 18/08/2017 - European (Withdrawal) Bill briefing
      Scottish Land & Estates has developed a short briefing note to provide an overview of what is covered in the European (Withdrawal) Bill.  
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  • 18/08/2017 - European (Withdrawal) Bill briefing
      Scottish Land & Estates has developed a short briefing note to provide an overview of what is covered in the European (Withdrawal) Bill.  
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  • 18/08/2017 - New fire safety guidance
    New fire safety guidance has been published this week following the Scottish Government consultation on Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises. The guidance has been developed for dutyholders to help meet their requirements under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and covers existing non-residential p
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  • 18/08/2017 - Scottish Wildcat Action response to "pure wildcat" in Aberdeenshire claim from Wildcat Haven
    A recent press release from Wildcat Haven is misleading. Scottish Wildcat Action (SWA) has already been working with the local community in its Strathbogie ‘Priority Area’ for over two years. Therefore this latest claim (re the first "pure," wildcat captured on film) is certainly not news to SWA, our team of professional,
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  • 18/08/2017 - Association Deer Management – Executive and Regional Meeting
    Earlier this week the Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) held its Executive and Regional Meeting at Glenfinnan House Hotel. The meeting was well attended by Deer Management Group Chairs and Secretaries. Richard Cooke gave an update on the concluded Parliamentary deer sector review and the priorities for Deer Man
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  • 18/08/2017 - Scotland's largest solar farm gets green light
    Moray Council has granted Elgin Energy planning permission for a 20MW project on Innes Estate near Urquhart, which could see about 80,000 solar panels installed. Permission for the solar farm is valid for 30 years, after which the developer will have one year to decommission the works and restore the site to a condition agree
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  • 17/08/2017 - Euro Dark Sky Conference to be out of this world
    Preparations for Europe’s first ever Dark Sky Places conference in the heart of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere are well underway, with top speakers booked to promote the preservation of dark skies across the world. The conference, being held 20th to 22nd September this year, will tackle issues of light poll
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  • 17/08/2017 - National Park Grant Scheme now open
    The National Park Grant for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park which is designed to support projects that offer multiple benefits to the Park’s natural heritage, built heritage and communities is now open. Money is available to projects that; aim to repair and restore pre-1919 traditional buildings; conserve, e
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  • 17/08/2017 - Taking action on climate change
    Organisations across Scotland are being encouraged to host events and raise awareness of the impact of climate change as part of Climate Week 2017. Running from 18-22 September, Scotland’s Climate Week will highlight the actions people and organisations can take together to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate.
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  • 17/08/2017 - CARES Rural Energy Challenge Fund
    The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), announced a new £500k fund designed to help farmers, land managers and SMEs in rural communities develop proposals for sustainable energy schemes. The new fund aims to support proposals focusing on low carbon, renewables and whole system projects incl
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  • 17/08/2017 - Scottish Beaver Forum
    The Scottish Beaver Forum met earlier this week to progress the development of draft licensing guidance for managing beaver impacts in Scotland. It is anticipated a complete draft version of the guidance will be ready by mid-September, at which point Scottish Land & Estates will start engagement with members to discuss the fr
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  • 17/08/2017 - Post-Brexit trade agreements for agriculture analysis published
    The full report can be found here...  The report looks at three scenarios - •Bespoke Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU; •World Trade Organisation (WTO) default Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariffs; and •Unilateral Trade Liberalisation. These scenarios are compared against a Baseline in which the UK i
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  • 17/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates raise concerns over forestry proposals
    Scottish Land & Estates this week submitted written evidence on the Forestry and Land Management (S) Bill, which proposes major changes to the forestry authority in Scotland and introduces a new element to compulsory purchase of land  In our submission – which can be found in full here... we raise a number of concerns
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  • 17/08/2017 - Written Evidence: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill
    Scottish Land & Estates written evidence on the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill, which proposes major changes to the forestry authority in Scotland and introduces a new element to compulsory purchase of land.
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  • 14/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 14 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 14 August 2017.
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  • 14/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 07 - 11 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 07 - 11 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 11/08/2017 - Agricultural expert warns Scotland's waterways could become polluted if farmers let silage storage standards slip
    An agricultural expert is warning that highly-toxic run-off from farms could leak into and pollute Scotland’s waterways this summer if farmers aren’t vigilant.  With first cut silage hopefully already in the clamp, farmers are being urged by William Barne, of leading farm insurance broker Lycetts, to check their clam
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  • 10/08/2017 - Funding for SEEP phase 2 pilots
    Councils are to share £4.4 million to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, public buildings and community projects. 15 local authorities will use the funding to deliver innovative ways to reduce emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse was at Saughton Park
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  • 10/08/2017 - BT broadband offer ‘risks extending rural monopoly’
    The Scottish Government has raised concerns over BT’s offer to deliver universal high-speed broadband to all areas of the UK, as an alternative to regulation. Ministers have promised to implement a new broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) that ensures everyone in Britain has a legal right to request minimum speeds o
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  • 10/08/2017 - MSP Visits Dormont
    The Conservative spokesperson for housing visited Dormont Estate in Dumfriesshire this week to discuss energy efficiency in privately rented housing. Graham Simpson MSP was shown three houses on the estate. The first was a traditional farmhouse which the estate has decided to sell due to the cost and difficulty in bringing it
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  • 10/08/2017 - Zero Waste Scotland – Litter Prevention Action Plans
    Earlier this week we met with Project Manager Jamie Fry of Zero Waste Scotland to discuss next steps in promoting the Care for the Countryside campaign and to discuss a new piece of work Zero Waste Scotland is currently undertaking on the development of Litter Prevention Action Plans. Zero Waste Scotland is currently work
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  • 10/08/2017 - 4G Infill Consultation
    The Scottish Government, in collaboration with Scottish Futures Trust, is examining where 4G is planned to be rolled out commercially and where the gaps will be. A consultation has been published which identifies potential target areas which lack 4G coverage and asks mobile infrastructure providers if they are planning invest
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  • 10/08/2017 - National Access Forum – Mountain Biking Sub Group
    Following the joint presentation by Scottish Land & Estates and Forestry Commission Scotland on a paper looking at the construction of wild mountain bike trails, built without landowner permission or consent the National Access Forum agreed to establish a sub-group. The group which consists of representatives from Scottis
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  • 07/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 07 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 07 August 2017.
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  • 07/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 31 July - 04 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 31 July - 04 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 04/08/2017 - Community contribution of rural businesses recognised in new awards
    Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing today paid tribute to work of land-based businesses by presenting awards recognising their contribution to the community. Lyn and Donald Forbes, proprietors of Loch Ness Shores, were presented with Scottish Land & Estates’ Highland region Helping it Happen award by
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  • 04/08/2017 - Shooting estates step up to help Hen Harriers
    The number of shooting estates taking part in a ground-breaking project to raise efforts in protecting hen harriers in Scotland has reached its highest level. Sixteen estates covering 325,000 acres volunteered this year to place monitoring cameras on their land in order to protect hen harrier nests as part of the ‘Heads
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  • 04/08/2017 - Farming industry calls for commitments on post-Brexit transition
    Fourteen farming organisations have come together to issue a joint statement on UK Government to provide short-term certainty for the industry as exiting the European and the Common Agricultural Policy draws closer.  The 14 organisations say Governments across the UK need to work together with the farmers and land manage
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  • 03/08/2017 - GWCT Completing the picture on grouse moor management
    Last year, six RSPB authors published a “viewpoint” paper on the environmental impacts of grouse moor management. Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust scientists believed that RSPB had painted an incomplete picture and their response has now been published, with relevance to the forthcoming Government review of grouse moo
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  • 03/08/2017 - £1.5m for offshore wind
    Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy was at the Bruntisland Fabrication’s (BiFab) yard in Methil, Fife to announce a further investment of £1.5 million into the Carbon Trust’s world leading research, development, and demonstration programme – the Offshore Wind Accelerator. Read more…
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  • 03/08/2017 - Private Water supply consultation
    Scottish Land & Estates has submitted a response to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017. The Scottish Government is proposing changes in order to transpose EU Directive 2015/1787 and to amend the regulations. In our response, we have urged the government to properly re
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  • 03/08/2017 - Walking and cycling route opens in Tyndrum
    A new walking and cycling rout in Tyndrum which allows cyclists to bypass the A82 trunk road has officially opened. The new path has been created by the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Countryside Trust and is suitable for cyclists, horses, buggies and walkers and includes a brand new bridge connecting the communities and busines
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  • 03/08/2017 - Lanarkshire LEADER programme
    The Lanarkshire LEADER programme has awarded a grant of £69,720 to the WAT IF? community development trust to support the employment of a Development Manager for three years. Woolfords, Auchengray, Tarbrax Improvement Foundation (WAT IF?) was established in 2012 and aims to support rural regeneration and community develo
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  • 03/08/2017 - Producers benefit from FPMC funding
    Food and drink producers have been awarded a share of almost £3.5 million from the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) scheme. Thirteen businesses are the latest to be awarded grants from the scheme to diversify and expand their operations, including an artisan dairy and brewing company. The FPMC scheme is
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  • 01/08/2017 - GWCT Completing the picture on grouse moor management
    Last year, six RSPB authors published a “viewpoint” paper on the environmental impacts of grouse moor management. Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust scientists believed that RSPB had painted an incomplete picture and their response has now been published, with relevance to the forthcoming Government review of grouse moo
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  • 01/08/2017 - Scoping a strategic vision for the uplands
    Following SNH’s work to scope a strategic vision for Scotland’s uplands, undertaken in the latter part of 2016 and to which Scottish Land & Estates contributed, their report has now been published and is available at http://www.snh.gov.uk/land-and-sea/managing-the-land/upland-and-moorland/scoping-upland-vision/.  The rep
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  • 01/08/2017 - CAP Transfer Rates To Stay At 9.5%
    The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, confirmed at the end of last week that the national budget transfer rate between Pillar 1 (direct) payments and Pillar 2 (rural development) would remain at 9.5%. Mr Ewing said: “The Scottish Government has a duty to ensure we strike the right balance across
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  • 31/07/2017 - Woodland Creation
    Advanced Notice Woodland: making it work for you. Management, creation and funding, Tuesday 3rd October, Boat Of Garten 1.30 - 4.30pm A practical afternoon looking at benefits of woodland management, creation and funding opportunities. The event will include discussion on woodland creation, how to manage existing
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  • 31/07/2017 - Woodland Creation
    Advanced Notice Soil Association Event Woodland: making it work for you. Management, creation and funding, Tuesday 3rd October, Boat Of Garten 1.30 - 4.30pm A practical afternoon looking at benefits of woodland management, creation and funding opportunities. The event will include discussion on woodland creati
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  • 31/07/2017 - Ag Holdings 06. Housing in Agricultural Tenancies
    This information sheet provides information on the common queries and points to note regarding housing in agricultural tenancies.
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  • 31/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 31 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 31 July 2017.
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  • 31/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 24 - 28 July 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 24 - 28 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.  
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  • 28/07/2017 - Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017
    Consultaton response in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017
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  • 27/07/2017 - Capercaillie: National survey results
    The latest national survey of Scotland’s population of capercaillie, the world’s largest grouse, estimates there to be only 1114 individuals - making it one of the country’s most endangered birds. Scotland’s capercaillie population is assessed every six years by RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) w
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  • 27/07/2017 - Business Property Relief on Furnished Holiday Lets
    The availability of Business Property Relief (BPR) for owners of furnished holiday lets (FHLs) has been put in doubt by a recent decision of the First Tier Tax Tribunal.  The Ross case focuses on whether a FHL can qualify for 100 per cent inheritance tax relief.  HMRC challenged the taxpayer on the grounds that the le
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  • 27/07/2017 - Tweed Forum Nominated for Major International River Prize
    The Tweed Forum, the organization that protects and conserves the natural, built and cultural heritage of the River Tweed and its surroundings, has been shortlisted for a major international River prize. Awarded for outstanding achievements in river restoration and protection management, the Thiess International River Pri
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  • 27/07/2017 - Economic Benefits of Rural Tourism
    Lichfields recently published research into the economic benefits of rural tourism. The report considers recent and future growth in the tourist sector and then focuses in on the economic benefits arising from the development of tourist accommodation and other associated tourist attractions and facilities. It then considers p
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  • 27/07/2017 - Places, People and Planning – Position Statement
    The Scottish Government is seeking views on its planning review Position Statement which it published following completion of independent analysis of the initial consultation responses to the review. The Position Statement sets out the changes that they are considering taking forward and the accompanying Strategic Environment
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  • 27/07/2017 - People and Communities Fund
    Organisations across Scotland, supporting hundreds of community led projects that put people first, are to receive £8.6m funding for the year 2017/18. The funding, announced by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart, will have a positive impact on thousands of lives in Scotland – with support ranging from training/upskilling, empl
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  • 27/07/2017 - Planning decision times published
    The latest Official Statistics Publication for Scotland has revealed that Local Development decisions were quicker in 2016/17 while Major Development decisions were slower over the same period. Key findings for the year demonstrated: a reduction in planning applications decided compared with the previous four years; the overa
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  • 27/07/2017 - Samples from anaerobic digesters sought
    A research and innovation company is looking to acquire samples from anaerobic digesters used to dispose of sheep waste. Dr Adam Ostrowski works at the Dundee-based APS Biocontrol where they develop biocontrol measures to extend the shelf life of fresh produce. Their technology is based on the use of bacteriophages, naturally
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  • 27/07/2017 - Communities to benefit from new grant funding
    Due to three-year funding of up to £200,000 from Historic Environment Scotland (HES), the Architecture Heritage Fund (AHF) is able to expand its grant-giving programme and have launched a new Scottish Community Development Grant that enables historic building regeneration projects in communities across Scotland. Eligible
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  • 27/07/2017 - Hydro Rates
    Good progress is being made is discussions between the hydro sector and Scottish Government regarding resolving the anomaly which has resulted in small hydro schemes receiving high revaluations. Alba Energy, Scottish Renewables and The British Hydro Association are working together on this issue and have now met with both the
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  • 27/07/2017 - Lynx reintroduction - Lynx UK Trust submit licence for Kielder Forest
    Earlier this month the Lynx UK Trust  submitted a licence application to Natural England to release lynx at Kielder Forest. Given the cross-border location of the forest, the application has implications for Scotland. Clarification is being sought as to whether the Lynx UK Trust intends to submit an application to Scottish N
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  • 27/07/2017 - Survey on Digital Potential
    SRUC and Rural England are working together to seek ways to unlock the digital potential of rural Britain. As part of this work a consultation aimed at rural businesses has been published. The consultation is open until the end of September and the final report is due to be published by the end of the year. Read more...
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  • 27/07/2017 - Pollinator Strategy for Scotland Launched
    Earlier this week Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform launched The Pollinator Strategy for Scotland 2017-2027 The strategy was prepared by Scottish Natural Heritage for Scottish Government in partnership with an editorial board comprising Bee Farmers Association, Buglife,
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  • 24/07/2017 - Community Board Member
    CalMac is inviting applications from residents of the rural communities covered by the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract to form a Community Board which will have the primary purpose of being a voice of the communities on strategic issues. The Board will comprise 12 members plus an independent, paid, chairpers
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  • 21/07/2017 - New direction for farming support anticipated by Scotland’s rural businesses
    Direct support after Brexit which balances the needs of farming and forestry business with delivering for the environment is to be welcomed, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said today’s speech by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment,
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  • 20/07/2017 - Update on Corran Ferry
      Scottish Land & Estates contacted Highland Council to understand the issues and timeframes involved in resuming the Coran Ferry Service. The service was suspended after a steering fault led to the ferry contacting rock last weekend. We are concerned the absence of this service is damaging for businesses as well as crea
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  • 20/07/2017 - Edinburgh city and region deal
      The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal will deliver inclusive economic growth across the region through housing, innovation, transport, skills and culture. It is expected that the new deal will deliver 21,000 new jobs for the area.   Speaking ahead of the official signing ceremony Economy Secre
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  • 20/07/2017 - Report highlights value of community shops
      The Plunkett Foundation has published a report highlighting the impact of community owned shops in the UK. According to the report there are 338 community owned shops in the UK, with 31 in Scotland. These shops provide vital services to 1,400 remote rural communities and have created 1,114 paid jobs and 9,605 volunteer
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  • 20/07/2017 - Smallholding Scotland
      Inspired by the Scottish Crofting Federation, a group of Scottish smallholders has set up a new organisation to represent and support their community. Smallholding Scotland is a membership organisation promoting the sustainable and purposeful use of small land holdings and has recently achieved the status of Scottish C
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  • 20/07/2017 - Private Water Supply consultation – final reminder
      Members are reminded that the deadline for submitting responses to the consultation in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 is fast approaching. If you have any comments to make on the proposals please contact gavin.mowat@scottishlandandestates.co.uk
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  • 20/07/2017 - Seasonal farm worker survey
      Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake research to improve understanding of the labour market in Scottish agriculture in the summer of 2017. As part of their research SRUC are carrying out two surveys – one aimed at farm businesses and one aimed at labour provi
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  • 19/07/2017 - New research on environmental benefits of beavers - Scottish Land & Estates' response
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to new research by the University of Stirling looking at the environmenal benefits of beavers. The study, partly-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), found beavers had an exceptional ability to re-create diverse wetland landscapes. However, Scottish Land & Estates said su
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  • 17/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 17 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 17 July 2017.
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  • 17/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 10 - 14 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 10 - 14 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 14/07/2017 - Trees for Life
      Scottish Land & Estates was at the 10,000 acre Dunreggan Estate to find out more about the work of Trees for Life and their plan to develop traineeships (more to follow). Trees for Life is a charity working to restore Scotland's ancient Caledonian Forest. Their conservation work is carried out by volunteers and funded
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  • 13/07/2017 - Family of beavers discovered in Beauly to be moved
      A family of beavers discovered living on a river in the Beauly area will be captured and moved, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) reported today.   As this group is well away from the two current beaver populations in Scotland, in Tayside and Argyll, it’s clear they haven’t arrived by natural means.  
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  • 13/07/2017 - British Woodlands Survey 2017 – open now!
      Devolution, pests and pathogens, Brexit, emerging markets, climate change and societal attitudes are just some of the momentous factors influencing our trees and woodlands. Have your say about what these and other issues mean to you by taking part in Britain’s only dedicated national survey about woodlands and forest
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  • 13/07/2017 - Housing Survey – Action Needed!
      We are running a piece of research looking at estate based housing in order to inform our lobbying during this period of numerous regulatory changes. If you have not yet completed our survey and have houses on your estate we would be grateful if you could please complete the survey by Friday 28 July 2017.   Th
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  • 12/07/2017 - Private water supply regulations consultation
      Scottish Land & Estates’ members are reminded the deadline for submitting responses to the consultation in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 is fast approaching.   For large Type A supplies the proposals include; a new definition of the
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  • 11/07/2017 - Rural Watch Scotland launched
      Rural Watch Scotland' is an extension of the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland movement and a product of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) aimed specifically at the rural community of Scotland and aims to bring all the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch to your community irrespective of its location, size or
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  • 11/07/2017 - Tenant Farming Commissioner – Guide to Relinquishment and Assignation
      The Tenant Farming Commissioner has released a guide on the new “relinquishment and assignation” measure introduced by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.  The guide summarises the provisions of the 2016 Act and sets out the relevant process which will apply once the provisions come into force.     The
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  • 11/07/2017 - The Scottish Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2017
      Since April 2016, companies and Limited Liability Partnerships have been required to give information about people who have control over them.  Changes introduced on 26 June 2017 mean that requirements have now been placed on Scottish Limited Partnerships and some traditional Scottish partnerships where the members ar
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  • 10/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 10 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 10 July 2017.
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  • 10/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 03 - 07 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 03 - 07 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 10/07/2017 - Current consultations - 10 July 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 07/07/2017 - Ratepayers Forum
      The Scottish Ratepayers Forum met yesterday. The forum is a biannual meeting of the Scottish Assessors, Scottish Government and sector representatives.    Hydro rates – Discussions around the anomaly in ratings of small hydro schemes continue outside the forum with Alba Energy leading the case for a technic
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  • 06/07/2017 - Loch Lomond & Trossachs Partnership Plan
      This week Scottish Land & Estates has submitted a response to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Partnership Plan consultation. The proposed plan sets out priorities in the three keys areas of Conservation, Rural Development and Visitor Experience.   
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  • 06/07/2017 - Views on rewilding sought for Masters Dissertation
      A Masters student at Edinburgh University is looking for landowners thoughts on rewilding.  If you have 20 minutes to complete her survey go to -  http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/~s1654365/htmlq  
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  • 05/07/2017 - SNH publish agroecological report
      Scottish Natural Heritage’s Land Use Policy Group’s report Promotion of agroecological approaches: lessons from other European countries has been published.   The report was prepared by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). It looks at the drivers and circumstances which led to the develo
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  • 05/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 26 - 30 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 26 - 30 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 05/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 03 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 03 July 2017
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  • 05/07/2017 - Current consultations - 05 July 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 04/07/2017 - Energy efficiency standards for private rented housing could harm rural provision of homes
    Proposals for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes could risk damaging the sector to the detriment of both landlords and tenants, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents the majority of private housing providers in rural Scotland, has submitted its response to a Scottis
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  • 30/06/2017 - Eight farms and estates scoop coveted ‘Wildlife Estates Scotland’ accreditations
    Eight farms and estates scoop coveted ‘Wildlife Estates Scotland’ accreditations More than one million acres of Scottish land now WES accredited Eight Scottish farms and estates have been awarded prestigious international accreditation to recognise their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation. T
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