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Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021

The Land Use Strategy 2016 – 2021

It is a requirement of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 that the Land Use Strategy is reviewed at intervals of not more than five years, and that a revised Strategy is laid before the Scottish Parliament. The Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021 fulfils this requirement.

The Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021 retains the  strategic Vision, Objectives and Principles for Sustainable Land Use as these are considered fit for purpose in terms of continuing to provide the strategic direction for sustainable land use matters. The Strategy sets out an integrated suite of policies and proposals that are intended to have an impact across a wide range of land use sectors. These are grouped under the following themes:

  • Policy Context – policies and proposals which provide further clarity on current Scottish Government policy and reinforce and ensure consistent messages.
  • Informed Decision Making – policies and proposals which underpin decision making with improved data, increased accessibility and wider empowerment of communities and stakeholders in decision making.
  • Applying the Principles – policies and proposals which apply the Land Use Strategy Principles on the ground, either as specific projects or in ways which influence direct change on the ground.



The table below contains reports relating to the preparation and consultation on the Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021.

Land Use Strategy Reports 2016-2021
Analysis Report        Final Consultation Report Equalities Impact Assessment
Pub: November 2015 Pub: March 2016 Pub: March 2016 Pub: March 2016

Prepared and published by The Scottish Government

The Land Use Strategy Reporting Framework 2016 - 2021

The Reporting Framework is a commitment of the Land Use Strategy 2016-2021 and has been created to enable stakeholders easy access to information on progress with delivery of the suite of policies and proposals.

The framework will contain current information on progress and development of each policy and proposal, also including details of key future dates of development stages or completion. The framework will only contain updates on progress with delivery for each policy and proposal, readers requiring more detailed background information will be able to access this in the published Land Use Strategy 2016-2021 document. 

The Reporting Framework has been developed and will be published on this site in the near future.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The draft Land Use Strategy 2016 – 2021 was subject to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). This process is applied to take into account the potential environmental impacts that may arise from the implementation of a plan, programme or strategy. It seeks to mitigate adverse effects and encourage enhancement of identified positive effects where possible.

The SEA process began in 2014 and gave consideration to the key issues to be addressed within the assessment of the draft Strategy 2016 - 2021. It also set out the proposed approach to the assessment process. The joint Screening and Scoping Report and the views received can be found here. The results of the assessment process were set out in an Environmental Report which was consulted upon alongside the draft Land Use Strategy 2016 - 2021. The SEA Post-Adoption Statement for the Land Use Strategy was published in 2016 following publication of the Strategy.