Does the Crown Estate Bill allow for the best running of Scotland’s land?

09.02.2018

Can Scotland’s new Crown Estate Bill be improved? And does it allow for the best management of Scotland’s diverse landscapes and assets?

These are the type of questions Holyrood’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee will ask as it launches its call for views on the proposed Scottish Crown Estate Bill today.

The Bill sets out the proposed long-term management arrangements for Crown Estate assets including Scotland’s seabed, coastlines and rural estates. Crown Estate Scotland is responsible for managing 37,000 hectares of rural land.

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee Convener, Graeme Dey MSP, said:

“The Crown Estate Bill is hugely significant for Scotland, and it will help to oversee the management of more than £275 million worth of assets across the country.

“Our Committee now wants to hear from the public and stakeholder groups on their thoughts on the proposed Bill. For example, should any additional power or function be included? And are the powers to allow the transfer of the management function appropriate?

“These views will help to shape our work in putting this Bill to the test, and whether or not any changes should be made to ensure Scotland has the best approach to managing our rich and diverse assets.”

Background

The Committee is keen to hear views on the content of the Bill as drafted.

Specifically, the Committee would like comment on:

  • Does the Bill allow Crown Estate Scotland, or a delegated manager, to
    appropriately manage the Scottish assets?
  • Are the powers to allow the transfer of the management function appropriate?
  • Are the managers’ powers and duties as listed in the Bill appropriate?
  • Should any additional power or function of the Scottish Crown Estate not
    currently provided for in the Bill which be included?

The call for views is available here.