To assist with the goal of completion of the Land Register of Scotland, all public bodies have been asked to register their land by December 2019. Completion of the Land Register, an Ordnance Survey map based public register of interests in land, is a stated objective of the Scottish Government to ensure Scotland is a modern economy and an excellent place to do business.
Amy Entwistle, Morton Fraser Partner and lead for the project, said: “Winning this contract following a competitive bid, is testament to the success of our continued work on voluntary Land Registration projects for many of our other public sector clients."
“With the commitment to all public land being Land Registered by the end of 2019, it is an important and time sensitive project, which allows our team to play a role in facilitating more transparent public access to land ownership information.”
Highlands and Islands Enterprise requires around 150 of their properties to be Land Registered, including industrial units, offices and development plots.
Keir Marshall, solicitor at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “A completed Land Register will be a national asset, providing clear and unambiguous knowledge of who owns land in Scotland, and HIE is very pleased to be contributing to its completion. Morton Fraser has a strong history with this type of project and we have confidence in the team’s ability to help us register our diverse landholding, which ranges from whole estates on Skye and in the Cairngorms to modern business premises and enterprise parks such as Inverness Campus, Arnish Stornoway and the European Marine Science Park, Argyll".