Land Use Strategy Team
The Scottish Government
1C North
Victoria Quay

Phone-0131 556 8400

Fax-0131 244 4071



Land Use Strategy

Land Use Strategy

Scotland's first Land Use Strategy was laid in Parliament on 17 March 2011. A short guide to the Strategy is available. The development of the Strategy is a key commitment of Section 57 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

There is a wide consensus that we are not getting the best from Scotland's land even though we continue to demand more and more from it. The Land Use Strategy takes a strategic approach to the challenges facing land use in Scotland. By recognising the benefits and implications of our decisions and by focusing on common goals for different land users, the Strategy will help to achieve a more integrated approach to land use, maintaining the future capacity of Scotland's land.


A Scotland where we fully recognise, understand and value the importance of our land resources, and where our plans and decisions about land use deliver improved and enduring benefits, enhancing the wellbeing of our nation.

The Strategy sets out three Objectives relating to the economy, environment and communities - the three pillars of sustainability. It also provides a set of Principles for Sustainable Land Use to guide policy and decision making by Government and across the public sector. And it builds on the Government's current activities through further Proposals to help meet the Objectives.

The Strategy will help to set us on the right path, but it is the longer-term shifts in our approach which will result in the changes we want:

  • Delivering multiple benefits
  • Partnerships with nature
  • Linking people with the land

Please contact the team directly using the contact details on this page if you require any further information.

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Around 220 stakeholders came to discussion events in Inverness, Edinburgh, Perth and Oban between October and November 2014 to talk about the review of the Land Use Strategy. Some of the frequently expressed views can be found on the LUS Review page.

A short guide to the review of the Land Use Strategy has been published. The leaflet provides a brief introduction to the review and invites views on what the next strategy should contain. This is an opportunity for everyone to help develop the next strategy and to identify the actions that will deliver it.

This year's Land Use Strategy Stakeholder Event was held on 27 May 2014. The event launched the review of the Land Use Strategy with a new strategy due by March 2016. Stakeholders had the opportunity to discuss and present ideas on a wide range of topics about the sort of issues the Scottish Government should address in the review. All presentations given at the event as well as the key points made by stakeholders during the discussions are now available for download.

The final report for Land Use Strategy Delivery Evaluation Research was published on 23 May 2014.  The Scottish Government commissioned an independent practical assessment of the Land Use Strategy to evaluate whether a range of existing delivery mechanisms had been effective in translating the strategic Principles of the Land Use Strategy into decision-making on the ground.

The third annual Progress Statement and Refreshed Action Plan 2014 was published on 21 May 2014. The report demonstrates the good progress being made on all aspects of delivery of the Land Use Strategy including the thirteen Proposals for action, the two regional land use pilots in the Scottish Borders and Aberdeenshire, updated indicators of progress in the delivery of the Strategy Objectives and the evaluation of existing land use mechanisms. It also contains details of new activities.