Eirst Strategic Management Plan for the Scottish Crown Estate Launched

Scottish Ministers have launched a consultation for the first Strategic Management Plan for the Scottish Crown Estate. This consultation marks a further milestone in a wider programme of work to secure devolution and reform the management of the Scottish Crown Estate.

The Plan outlines Ministers’ vision for the Scottish Crown Estate and sets out a strategic framework for the future management of the assets. This Plan sets out a strategic direction to optimise the use of the assets while protecting the Crown’s interest and contribute to the successful delivery of wider Scottish Government strategies and policies to provide the best outcomes for Scotland.

The Scottish Crown Estate currently has a total capital value of £385.8 million and assets include:

• 37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial properties and forestry on four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill);
• Rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in river and coastal areas;
• Rights to naturally occurring gold and silver across most of Scotland ;
• Extensive coastal rights including just under half the foreshore, 5,800 moorings and some ports and harbours;
• Leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles, covering some 750 fish farming sites and agreements with cables & pipeline operators, and equivalent rights to the seabed out to 200 nautical miles;
• The rights to leasing for offshore renewable energy and gas and carbon dioxide storage out to 200 nautical miles;
• Retail and office units at 39-41 George Street Edinburgh.

Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) is currently the sole manager of all the Scottish Crown Estate assets and was established by Scottish Ministers to manage the Scottish Crown Estate assets and is accountable to the Scottish Parliament. Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) is also consulting on their draft Corporate Plan 2020-2023 in parallel with the consultation on the draft Strategic Management Plan.

The consultation on the Strategic Management Plan will run for 12 weeks from 30 August 2019 until 22 November 2019. Scottish Ministers are very keen to receive views from a wide range of interested stakeholders and we encourage you to contribute to the consultation.

You can access the link to the Strategic Management Plan and Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) 2020-2023 Corporate Plan Consultations below:

Strategic Management Plan Consultation

Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) 2020-2023 Corporate Plan Consultation