Join the Scottish Land Commission for their third land reform conference, Land Connection 2021, which takes place from Monday 4 October to Wednesday 6 October. Bringing together experts from across a range of industries including public bodies, local authorities, academia, housing sector, private sector and social enterprises, the conference will look at the role of land in helping to achieve some of Scotland’s big ambitions for the economy, climate and communities. 

Through a mix of webinars, panel discussions and workshops, the conference will explore how we can continue to evolve and modernise the ways we own and use land to tackle the climate emergency, benefitting the economy and supporting communities.

Monday 4 October – Land & Climate Change

Land Connection 2021: Keynote address with Màiri McAllan MSP
9:30-10:30

Hosted by Scottish Land Commission Chair Andrew Thin, the conference will open with a keynote address by Scottish Government Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform, Màiri McAllan MSP, who will be setting out the government’s bold ambitions and priorities for land reform.
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Natural capital and a just transition
11:30-12:30

In this session, Chief Executive of the Scottish Land Commission, Hamish Trench, will explore the connection between the value of land and Scotland’s climate change targets, and how we can all benefit from natural capital and the land use transformation.
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Natural capital – Delivering community benefit
13:30-14:30

This session, led by Scottish Land Commissioner Megan MacInnes, will look at what is driving land values, the rights involved in the land market and capital, and how communities can benefit from that. Megan will be joined by Magnus Davidson, Research Associate: Environment, Economy, and Society, Environmental Research Institute, UHI; Jeremy Leggett, Executive Director, Bunloit Estate; Shona Glenn, Head of Policy & Research, Scottish Land Commission; and Jeffrey Hatcher, Managing Director of Indufor North America.
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Bringing vacant and derelict land back into use – recommendations into practice
15:30-16:30

This session will look the recommendations made by the Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce to transform Scotland’s approach to tackling derelict land, and look at how those recommendations have been taken forward by a range of organisations and the difference it is making to bringing land back into use. Chaired by Kathie Pollard, Policy and Practice Lead at the Scottish Land Commission, the panel will feature: Bobby Sandeman, Head of Department, QLTR; Louisa Macdonell, Chief Executive, DTAS; Deryck Irving, Director of Strategy & Development, Green Action Trust; Katherine Lakeman, Principal Policy Officer, SEPA; Karl Doroszenko, Development Planning and Regeneration Manager, East Ayrshire Council; and Ali MacDonald, Organisational Lead for healthy, active environments at Public Health Scotland.
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Tuesday 5 October  Land & Economy

Recovery and renewal – How can we create a greener, fairer Scotland?
9:30-10:30

This session with Scottish Land Commission’s Head of Policy & Research, Shona Glenn, will look at the bold action which is needed to transform Scotland’s economy to create a greener and fairer nation, and the vital role land plays in achieving this.
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Community wealth building and the role of land
11:30-12:30

This session, led by Scottish Land Commissioner Lorne MacLeod, will look at the community wealth building model and how the socially productive use of land and property to enhance local wealth and the creation of fair jobs, and maximise the potential of places. Joining Lorne on the panel will be Neil McInroy, Senior Fellow, Democracy Collaborative; Liz Miller-McEntee, Chair, EDAS; and Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council.
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Housing land market and the economy
13:30-14:30

The Scottish Land Commission’s Policy and Practice Lead, David Stewart, will lead this session, looking at how the housing land market can be reformed so that it better serves the people, communities and economy of Scotland in a fair and productive way. David will be joined by Peter Marshall, Planning & Housing Strategy Manager, Perth & Kinross Council; Barbara Cummins, Chair, RTPI; and Sara Thiam, CEO of SCDI.
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Delivering Place Pioneers
15:30-16:30

This session, led by Scottish Land Commissioner David Adams, will explore how a network of place pioneers can work in practice to enable the delivery of affordable housing on unused public land, helping the public sector to take a lead in creating the places people want to live at the prices they can afford. Joining David will be Richard Cairns, Strategic Advisor to the Clyde Mission and to Glasgow City Region, West Dunbartonshire Council; Danny McKendry, Principal Landscape Architect,  Architecture and Design Scotland; Mike Staples, Chief Executive at South of Scotland Community Housing; and Neil Rutherford, Senior Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust.
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Wednesday 6 October  Land & Communities

Land rights and responsibilities: What needs to happen next?
9:30-10:30

Sector leaders discuss the future of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement and the challenges and opportunities we have for putting it into practice and embedding it in policy. Led by Scottish Land Commissioner Sally Reynolds, this session will look at the Scottish Government’s Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement and what needs to happen to achieve its purpose of creating a strong and dynamic relationship between Scotland’s land and its people. Sally will be joined by Linda Gillespie, Programme Manager, DTAS; Calum MacLeod, Policy Director, Community Land Scotland; and Stephen Young, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates.
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Land owners leading: Putting land rights and responsibilities into practice
11:30-12:30

Land owners discuss how they have shown leadership in taking forward land rights and responsibilities, sharing the practical approaches they have taken and benefits they have found. This session will look at the practical implementation of land rights and responsibilities and cultural shift that is happening on the ground with land owners, land managers and communities working together to make better – and fairer – decisions about land ownership and use. Chaired by Lucy Laidlaw, of Lucy Laidlaw Communication, will chair this panel discussion with Emma Cooper, Head of Land Rights and Responsibilities at the Scottish Land Commission; Tom Mallows, Partnerships Manager, Crown Estate Scotland; and Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management at RSPB.
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Land governance – the time for new models?
13:30-14:30

This session, chaired by Scottish Land Commissioner Megan MacInnes, will look at the opportunities to diversify land ownership, in particular governance models which can enable democratising of ownership and empowerment of communities. Joining Megan will be James MacKessack-Leitch, Policy and Practice Lead, Scottish Land Commission and Dr Dafydd Mills Daniel, McDonald Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, University of Oxford.
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Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme
15:30-16:30

Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, will introduce the Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme followed by a workshop specifically for local authorities to explore the fund and discuss what is needed in the application process, highlighting case studies to talk about their experience and the support available. Joining the discussion will be David Cowan, Regeneration, Scottish Government; Michael Kerr, Regeneration, Scottish Government; Harry Brickell, Regeneration, Scottish Government; and Karlene Doherty, Vacant and Derelict Land Project Manager, DTAS.
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Full details on the SLC website HERE

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