A leading think-tank is calling for a wide-ranging new “national conversation” on the future of land in rural Scotland in the aftermath of Brexit. Reform Scotland said the country was in need of a new “agriculture and land-use road map” after its departure from the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy. The organisation has urged politicians and policy makers to explore how to rebalance rural economies and create new jobs to “reverse centuries of urbanisation”. Reform Scotland’s discussion paper calls for private landowners to “engage constructively” with a rethink to maximise the potential of rural Scotland through everything from renewable energy, tourism and housing to agriculture and forestry. The report also recommends a “more balanced and environmentally sustainable” use of natural resources, as well as a rethink of state subsidy and state intervention in rural areas, which account for 98 per cent of Scotland’s land mass, but just 7 per cent of the population.
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