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Land reform can play an important role in ensuring that the housing land market and development approach meets Scotland's needs. Addressing these challenges and helping to deliver well-planned sustainable communities in places people want to live at prices they can afford.  

We are exploring the changes required in housing land allocation to deliver more affordable homes and better places and help to deliver inclusive growth and more productive use of Scotland’s land.  

We are investigating the options to ensure that sufficient affordable land for housing is available in the right places to meet housing need and demand in remote rural communities.  Looking at access to land in rural areas and the impact of land allocation on placemaking.

Case Studies

Applecross Community Land Use Plan

Significant local housing needs in Applecross have created a collaborative process engaging the community landowner, local authority, and public agencies to identify housing sites through a Community Land Use Plan.

East Lothian – An area-based study of a higher value and less affordable market

East Lothian Rural Voice was set up by rural stakeholders, including landowners and managers, to look for a partnership way forward with East Lothian Council for more investment in the countryside.

Orkney & Islands – An area-based study of a diverse rural area
Rothiemurchus – A cross subsidy model

The Rothiemurchus Estate has worked with four local families and the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) to develop a no subsidy housing model on the brownfield site.

Village Farm Site, Tarland

The landowner, the MacRobert Trust, and the Tarland Community Housing project team have been working in partnership to unlock this stalled site.