New property hub for Scotland
Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced the development of a land and property information hub for Scotland.
The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland (RoS), Sheenagh Adams, will lead a task force to develop an online system that will allow users to find out comprehensive information about any piece of land or property in Scotland with a single enquiry.
This could include information such as school catchment areas, mining reports, flood risks and crime statistics. The hub will also include statistics that people often need when making property decisions.
Sheenagh Adams said: "The creation of a land and property information system for Scotland is an exciting development that fits with our current project of completing the land register. Not only will this system make our economy more efficient, but it will reduce both the risks and costs of doing business.
"We've already seen the benefits of such a system in countries like Norway, which is ranked number five on the World Bank's 'ease of doing business' survey in relation to registering property. I believe that we can do the same, and that Scotland can become an exemplar of joined-up thinking and digital provision."
Developing the system will involve providing access to the data contained across a wide range of sources. This will remove the current costs and barriers sometimes involved with searching for land and property information.
The keeper has already started to contact organisations such as the Scottish Government, Ordnance Survey and Scottish Natural Heritage to invite them to work with RoS on the project, which has been tasked with reporting back to the Deputy First Minister in July.
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Notes to editors
- Registers of Scotland is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Administration and holds trading fund status. It is responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. RoS records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing open access to information on the registers.
- In May 2014, Scottish ministers announced a 10-year target to complete the land register.