Public urged to have their say over future of Crown Estate

CONSULTATION ON THE CROWN ESTATE in Scotland has been launched by the Scottish Government aimed at informing its future management and revenue.

Under the Scotland Act 2016 the Crown Estate north of the border will be devolved – providing an opportunity to increase the benefits it brings to Scotland and local communities.

The Crown Estate, who have a regional office in Moray based at Fochabers, will be the subject of a 12-week long consultation period announced yesterday by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP said: “Control over the management and resources of the Crown Estate in Scotland should rest with the people of Scotland and this is a genuine opportunity to change the fabric of Scottish Society.

“This consultation is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help shape the future management of The Crown Estate in Scotland. Good Management of our land, marine environment and other natural resources is essential for Scotland’s future prosperity.

“I would encourage all those interested to respond to the consultation and help us to assume our new powers in a way which creates solutions which meet Scotland’s needs and interests.”

Amanda Bryan, Shadow Chairing Member of Crown Estate Scotland said: “From the 1st of April decisions about both the day to day management and the future of the estate will be taken in Scotland which is a huge step forward.

“I along with the staff of the new interim management body will seek to manage the estate responsibly, delivering benefits to our partners, tenants and communities and ensuring that it remains in good order for the next phase.”

The Scottish Government is taking a phased approach on devolution of the management of the Crown Estate. The consultation launched yesterday will seek to inform the second phase of devolution.

The value of Crown Estate property in Scotland was £271.8 million and gross annual revenue was £14 million in 2015/16.  The consultation on the proposals will run until March 29 – details can be found on the Scottish Government website.