Taxable derelict land increase in most council areas sparks calls for tax reform
The number of taxable vacant and derelict land plots grew in most council areas in recent years, prompting calls for an end to “perverse incentives” for owners.
Revealed: The big firms snapping up Scottish carbon credits
Day two of our investigation into Scotland's Carbon Credits reveals the major firms buying offsets produced on Scottish land.
Locked gates and keep out signs: hundreds of access issues logged by councils
Landholders have allegedly blocked or deterred public access to Scotland’s paths more than 1,000 times in recent years according to data logged by local authorities.
Revealed: The developers behind Scotland’s carbon credit ‘green rush’
Scotland’s richest man, an earl, and private equity and property firms are among those developing carbon offsetting projects that critics say are pushing up land prices and allowing companies to “greenwash” their image.
Highland estate in public access legal battle owned in tax haven
A wealthy Highland landowner trying to block access to a path called “historic and important” owns the land via an offshore tax haven firm, The Ferret can reveal.
Famous Edinburgh footpath facing permanent closure
The public could be banned forever from one of Edinburgh’s most historic and popular footpaths.
Council and walking charity enter legal battle with Highland estate
A walking charity and Highland Council are taking a wealthy landowner to court in a legal case to stop the closure of a “historic and important path” that locals say has existed for generations.
Land access: charity demands action after highland estate blocks walkers
Ramblers Scotland said North Chesthill Estate in Glenlyon, which is home to four Munros, has ”long been notorious amongst walkers.
Revealed: ‘radical’ vision for Scotland as ‘woodland nation’
The Scottish Government should buy up, break up and sell off large forestry estates to diversify woodland ownership, experts are recommending.