Community engagement in decisions relating to land can bring benefits to all parties involved: genuine engagement is good for land owners because it can reduce potential conflict, help make businesses more resilient and promote innovation. Meanwhile communities will be better informed and people will have a better opportunity to engage, understand and influence potential change and opportunities.
The first Land Rights and Responsibilities Protocol ‘Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land‘ sets out practical advice on how landowners, land managers and communities can work together to make better – and fairer – decisions about land use. The Protocol supports the Guidance on Engaging Communities in decisions relating to land, which was published by the Scottish Government.
We have also created a range of tools to support land owners in engaging with communities including a ‘decision map’ detailing engagement methods and what is expected of land owners and managers in different situations and a practice guide to engagement plans to support the community engagement process.
Have a look at the case studies to see how other communities and land owners have worked together and created an open approach to decision making.