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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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