New Factsheet for Community Councils Offers Advice on How Land is Owned, Used and Managed

News story posted: 29/07/2019

A new factsheet for community councils offering advice about how local communities can have more of a say in how land is owned, used and managed has been produced by Scottish Government.


The Land Reform factsheet for Community Councils, both urban and rural, outlines the ways in which communities can use legislation to seek to become the owners of land, even where the owner of the land does not wish to sell the land to the community.


The aim of factsheet is to make community councils aware of the Scottish Government land reform programme and the opportunities for local communities that it creates.


Included in the factsheet is information on:


  • Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement,
  • Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land
  • Community Ownership of Land.
  • Guidance on Asset Transfer
  • Right to Buy Land for Further Development.


There’s also information on a number of pieces of legislation that provide opportunities for local communities to seek to acquire land.


The factsheet has been produced by the Community Land Team and the activity forms part of the Scottish Government’s land reform programme.


A full public consultation is also underway on the right to buy land to further sustainable development which closes on 19 September 2019.  The consultation can be found at Scottish Government’s Consultation Hub.


Anyone wishing to find out more about any aspect of the Scottish Government land reform programme can contact Chris Bierley at the Scottish Government.

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