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Agritourism will suffer under rules for urban hotspots

The rural land and business organisation, Scottish Land and Estates SLE said proposals being put forward for new legislation failed to reflect the needs of rural communities and could lead to mass closures of short-term accommodation. 

It said that glamping sites, B&Bs and holiday cottages - key part of the nation's infant Agritourism sector - would all fall under the same legislation which had been drawn up to address problems in urban hot spot. 

The organisation said yesterday that the proposals failed to take into account the important role short-term lets played across rural Scotland by providing housing for communities and workers, as well as bringing in vital tourism. 

The organisation policy adviser, Simon Ovenden, stated that licensing fees and administration costs had been significantly underestimated - with some licenses potentially costing thousands of pounds.  

Claiming that the consultation potentially breached of Scottish Government's own best practice guidelines, SLE also warned that in the terms of transparency, accountability, proportionality, and consistency. 

Business and regulatory impact assessment was deeply flawed- while a mass resignation of stakeholders from the related industry working group showed it was not widely supported by affected business. 

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Source - The Scotsman