News from 2013
Extension of Crofting Register
03 December 2013
On 30 November 2013, the Crofting Register extends from only accepting voluntary applications for registration to include applications that must be submitted when certain ‘trigger events’ occur.
These ‘trigger events’ mainly relate to actions requiring an...
Extension to Consultation Deadline
20 November 2013
Crofters across the country now have more time to make their mark on upcoming regulations.
The Crofting Commission has sent out almost 300 consultation documents asking for the views of those due to be affected by new legislation. Both consultations for the Grazing Regul...
Crofting Commission welcomes new Commissioner
01 November 2013
On 1 November, Marina Dennis joins the Crofting Commission to represent the East Highlands constituency. Marina’s appointment will run until March 2017 and follows the recent resignation of Donnie Ross.
Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse has...
Marina Dennis appointed as Crofting Commissioner for East Highlands Crofting Constituency
01 November 2013
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, today announced the appointment of Marina Theresa Dennis as a member of the Crofting Commission to represent the East Highlands crofting constituency. The appointment will run from 1 November 2013 to 31 March 2017...
CROFTING COMMISSION CONSULTS GRAZING COMMITTEES
15 October 2013
The role of common grazings is central to the contribution crofting can make to the sustainable development of communities throughout the Highlands and Islands. Crofting provides a unique way to utilise these assets through registered Grazing Committees and, this week, the Crofti...
Crofting Commission Annual Report
03 October 2013
The Crofting Commission Annual Report for 2012 - 13 is now available on our website under Publications, or by clicking on this link.
Crofting Commission Welcomes Royal Assent for Bill
07 August 2013
The Crofting Commission welcomed the news that on 31st July, Royal Assent was granted to the Crofting (Amendment)(Scotland) Act 2013. This amendment to the 2010 Crofting Reform Act now allows the Commission to accept applications to decroft land from owner-occupier crofters.
Blueprint for Crofting Commission Approved
05 July 2013
After celebrating a first anniversary in April, the Crofting Commission now has another landmark to celebrate, with the formal approval of the Policy Plan for its term of office, by Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change.
For Convener Susan Walker thi...
Re-vamped Bull Stud opens at Knocknagael Farm
30 April 2013
Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse officially opens the £3 million transformation for the bull stud farm at Knocknagael. Click here for the full story.
Ms Catriona Maclean has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Crofting Commission
12 April 2013
Catriona is from a crofting family who still live in Tong on the Island of Lewis. Born in Glasgow her family returned to Lewis where she completed her secondary education at the Nicolson Institute.
As well as her family ties to crofting, Catriona previously worked with the Cro...
Owner occupiers and the right to decroft
07 March 2013
Since the issue regarding decrofting by owner occupiers was first highlighted, the Commission has been working very hard with Scottish Government colleagues to explore whether there is any other possible interpretation of the legislation. Having sought further legal advice, the...
Legal advice received on owner occupier crofters right to apply to the Crofting Commission for a decrofting direction
25 February 2013
The Crofting Commission, following concern expressed from both outwith and within the Commission about the legislative provisions relating to owner-occupier crofters, recently sought and obtained legal advice on whether owner-occupier crofters could apply to the Commission for a ...
Change in Policy for Decrofting and Letting Applications
18 February 2013
There was uncertainty in situations where the owners hold separate title to distinct parts of a croft, whether an application to decroft or let could be:
•Made separately by an individual owner in respect of the distinct part of the croft they own, or
•If such an appl...