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Derelict sites contribute to perceptions of urban decline

The Scottish Land Commission this week publishes a research report on the Impact of Vacant and Derelict Land on Communities, which finds that derelict sites can affect a community’s health, environment, economy and social cohesion. Researchers met with a number of focus groups around Scotland as part of the project,…

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National Student Award opens for entries

A new national student award is set to encourage involvement in land reform and help with the work of the Scottish Land Commission. The Commission is shaping the debate around urban and rural land reform, to improve the productivity, diversity and accountability of the way Scotland’s land is owned, used,…

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Land reform unlocks opportunity as Scotland tackles climate emergency

Land reform can unlock opportunities to create resilient and empowered communities, improve productivity and reduce inequality, a national conference will hear today (Wednesday, 2 October). Hamish Trench, chief executive of the Scottish Land Commission, was speaking at its conference in Edinburgh. In his address he said it was clear that…

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Making urban spaces work for everyone

Cities and towns benefit greatly when derelict and vacant land is brought back in to use, but genuine community engagement must work across all social groups to deliver improvements where they matter most, according to research by the Scottish Land Commission. The Commission has been working with SURF – Scotland’s…

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The future of Common Good assets in Scotland

Common Good assets in Scotland have the potential to deliver much greater public benefit than they do currently, according to work published by the Scottish Land Commission today Wednesday, 18 September 2019. Building on an investigation into Common Good assets completed by researchers at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies…

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Agricultural tenants encouraged to consider succession planning

Succession planning is important in any business and no less so for farming businesses, especially where a tenant wishes to pass on the tenancy to another person, normally someone in their extended family. A new guide published today, 26 August 2019, by the Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, summarises some…

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National focus needed to realise the opportunities of transforming derelict land, Taskforce says

The Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce is challenging all sectors in Scotland to help bring land back into productive use and prevent future sites from being abandoned. Set up last year by the Scottish Land Commission and SEPA, the taskforce has today published a Statement of Intent with actions required…

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Only one year left under amnesty for agricultural tenants

Tenant farmers across Scotland have less than a year left to notify their landlord about improvements they’ve made to land or buildings if they want to get compensation at the end of their tenancy, under a special amnesty. Introduced by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, the Tenant’s Amnesty’ runs…

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Scottish Land Commission seeks community views

The Scottish Land Commission has launched a new survey seeking views of communities across Scotland about community engagement in decisions relating to land. The Commission wants to make sure that all people in Scotland have the opportunity to be involved in decisions about land that significantly affect them.  The Commission…

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Scottish Land Commission statement on Buccleuch Estates – Langholm Moor

Andrew Thin, Chair of the Scottish Land Commission has welcomed the news from Buccleuch Estates that following community engagement on the proposed sale of Langholm Moor, they are holding discussions with community bodies which have expressed an interest in acquiring land. “Buccleuch Estates has committed to reduce its overall footprint…

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Scottish Land Commission creates stronger links to green network

Transforming vacant and derelict land should deliver environmental benefit to communities throughout central Scotland, the Scottish Land Commission said today (June 6). Speaking in Glasgow at the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) forum, Commission chief executive Hamish Trench said the fair and productive use of land lay at the heart…

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Buccleuch Estates – Langholm Moor

Andrew Thin, Chair of the Scottish Land Commission welcomes the announcement by Buccleuch Estates that they are to embark on a period of community engagement to help shape the proposed sale of Langholm Moor. “Buccleuch Estates has committed to reduce its overall footprint and it is good to see the…

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