Launch of Public Consultation on Completion of the Land Register

The Registers of Scotland have launched a public consultation to gain insight on the completion of the Land Register. This is as a result of the Scottish ministers’ invitation to the Keeper of the Registers to complete the Land Register in 10 years. This includes registering all public sector land within five years.

Completion of the Land Register is finally possible thanks to the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012, which comes into force fully later this year (December 2014).

The consultation encourages more than 200 stakeholder groups to take part in the consultation. Methods of consultation include written submissions, face-to-face meetings and workshops to gain valuable opinions on completing this task.

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing said: “Understanding who owns Scotland’s land is fundamental to underpinning strong economic development and business growth. This consultation will develop our commitment to completion into a reality, with advice and opinions from those at the heart of the Scottish land and property market.”

The consultation paper asks for opinions and ideas on the resources available to complete the land register in particular the use of statutory levers to speed up registration.

Sheenagh Adams, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, said:

“Completion of the Land Register is hugely significant for the people of Scotland, and an exciting and challenging task for Registers of Scotland and our customers. We have already begun working towards the changes that will allow the Register to be completed through the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012. We now look forward to engaging with our stakeholders and together working out the most effective ways to achieve the very best for Scotland.”

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