Scottish Govt Shaping Up Crown Estate Scotland

The Scottish Government today launched a 12-week consultation on the long term framework for the devolved management of the Crown Estate in Scotland.

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The Scottish Government is taking a phased approach on devolution of the management of the Crown Estate and this consultation, which will run until 29 March, will inform the second phase of devolution.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham said: “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.”

The value of Crown Estate property in Scotland was £271.8 million and gross annual revenue was £14 million in 2015/16.

Crown Estate Scotland  is being established as a Public Corporation and will take on its asset management role from 1 April 2017, subject to the completion of transfer of powers at Westminster.

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.”

In 2015, the Crown Estate has put in place a distinct Scottish operating division with its own business plan, management information and financial reporting, following a recommendation by the Smith Commission to transfer the Crown Estate’s management functions in Scotland to the Scottish Government.