Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (Countryside Access)

Part of Environment and Rural Development – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 15 March 2007.

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Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour 2:15, 15 March 2007

The Scottish Land Court is now considering the Pairc case. A contribution of £16,000 has been received from Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It is expected that the first substantive hearing will take place in June. Matters are therefore progressing.

On interposed leases, section 35 of the Crofting Reform etc Act 2007 will enable community bodies to purchase any lease with a commercial value over croft land that they wish to purchase under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The provisions of the 2007 act will come into effect in June—I recently announced that crofters will be able to take advantage of the provisions from June. The two acts will work together from that point.