Land development and employment creation on landed estates in the Northern Highlands

Bryan Duncan MacGregor

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    The landed estates may be divided into four groups according to land use and use intensity: crofting, sheep, sporting, mixed use. While sheep and mixed use estates have held sheep numbers constant, other estates have shown dramatic declines. All estates, and in particular sporting estates, have increased deer culls. Many sporting estates are supported by external private finance which makes land development unnecessary. Private enjoyment is an important ownership motivation on many estates. This, rather than lack of profitability or lack of finance, prevents development. However, significant employment creation can come only through extensive land developments beyond those on even the more productive estates. Such a strategy would require a development plan and a challenge to existing property rights
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)98-104
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1985


    • estate management
    • employment creation
    • land policy
    • rural planning
    • Scotland


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