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Community Engagement

The first Good Practice 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 ‘route 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.

Community Engagement - Glenlivet Estate

Watch our webinar on Community Engagment and Transparency of Ownership and Land Use Decision-Making

Case Studies

Savills involvement in Community Engagement
Findrassie Master-planned Neighbourhood, Elgin
Timber Eiggxport

Community landowners Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust have worked with Scottish Forestry to design a Forest Plan which includes a phased programme of harvesting over 20 years to make sustainable use of the forest.

Timber Transport Forum – Developing consultation and engagement guidance
Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn – Galson Estate Trust

Established in 2007 to manage the Galson Estate on the Isle of Lewis for and on behalf of the community.

Cumbernauld Living Landscapes Partnership – Natural Connections

A living landscape partnership approach to bring different landowners together to develop volunteer-led conservation

East Neuk Community Action Plan

East Neuk Community Action Plan is an aspirational initiative to develop a long term vision and strategy for East Neuk area of Fife

Community Engagement publications

  • Good Practice
A Protocol - Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land

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A Route Map - Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land

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Community Engagement Baseline Surveys Report 2019

303.34 KB

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Community Engagement in Land-Use Decision Making Land Agent Training: Benefits of Community Engagement Table

183.40 KB

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Community Engagement in Land-Use Decision Making Useful Resources

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Developing an Engagement Plan for Decisions Relating to Land - Practice Guide

521.02 KB

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Developing an Engagement Plan for Decisions Relating to Land - Practice Guide - Annex 1 - Engagement Planning Matrix

176.76 KB

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Developing an Engagement Plan for Decisions Relating to Land - Practice Guide - Annex 2 - Engagement Planning Template

154.47 KB

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FAQs on Community Engagement in Land Use Decision-Making Protocol

170.64 KB

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  • Housing & Development
Opportunities for public involvement in the Scottish planning system

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Recommendations to Scottish Government on the consultation on guidance for engaging communities in decisions relating to land

184.37 KB

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  • Housing & Development
Support for Community Engagement

444.06 KB

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SURF Report - Land and Communities: Beyond the Echo Chambers

1.19 MB

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  • Housing & Development
The Value of Early Engagement in Planning

2.34 MB

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  • Housing & Development
The Value of Early Engagement in Planning Report Summary

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Young Scot report - Young People and their Local Urban Areas

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