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Community Rights and Access to Land in Scotland

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Sellar, David; Berge, Erling; Carlsson, Lars
Book Title: Commons: Old and New
Publisher: Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Page(s): 167-172
Date: 2003
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/58
Sector: Grazing
Land Tenure & Use
Region: Europe
Subject(s): land tenure and use
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Abstract: "The purpose of the paper was to give a flavour of the great land debate which has been raging in Scotland for some years, and of which the most tangible outcome so far has been the Land Reform Scotland Act. This Act, passed by the Scottish Parliament in January 2003, contains provisions permitting general public access to land, and allowing for the community purchase of land. Before moving on to the land debate, the paper considered a number of preliminary points: the history of commons or 'commonties' in Scotland; whether anything approximating to an allemansrett might be said to exist in Scotland; the Trust concept; and two myths regarding ownership and access."

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