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After section 2

Part of Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:30 am on 1st July 2010.

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Photo of Peter Peacock Peter Peacock Labour 9:30 am, 1st July 2010

I lodged an amendment at stage 2 to allow for a debate on the concept of community planning in crofting. Regrettably, the debate focused on the question of maps and mapping, and the proposal was seen as an alternative to the second crofting register. In fact, community planning in a crofting township is a community development matter. The process is in its infancy, but the recent Camuscross report, which a number of members are aware of, demonstrates its potential. I am aware that the Scottish Crofting Federation intends to continue that process and encourage that in the future.

This is, in part, a question of land use, and local work could feed in to inform local plan development by the local authority and may have implications for local land for housing, for example. In part, such a planning exercise may assist the commission with regulatory issues that concern absenteeism and neglect, croft reorganisation and the like. I propose that the commission should be involved, with others, in supporting a community development process and should set out in its strategic plan how it will do that.

I move amendment 145.