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Scotland’s largest land buyout potentially on cards

A new organisation, East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust (ELLCT), has been set up with the aim of buying the Rio Tinto Alcan estate near Fort William. The estate which includes the Lochaber smelter, associated hydro assets and around 125,000 acres of land has been under review by Rio Tinto Alcan. The Trust isn’t aiming… Read more »

Cabinet Secretary welcomes launch of protocol for negotiated sales

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform gave the opening address at the Community Land Scotland Conference in Stornoway today. During her speech she welcomed the launch of the new Protocol for Negotiated Sales which will provide a road map for facilitating negotiated sales of land from willing private landowners to… Read more »

New Global Call to Action film about Eigg

As part of the Global Call to Action, a campaign to double the global area of land legally recognised as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and communities by 2020, an inspiring new short film about the community buyout on the Isle of Eigg has been released. The film covers the story of Sarah Boden,… Read more »

Congratulations to Keose Glebe – new community landowners in Lewis

Congratulations and best wishes are due to our members Keose Glebe Steering Group who on Friday (25th March 2016)announced it’s completion of the purchase of the c.1,200 acre estate on the Isle of Lewis. The estate will now be operated on behalf of the community by Keose Glebe Estate Ltd – a not for profit company, which is seeking charitable… Read more »

Consultation: community right to buy abandoned / neglected / detrimental land

The Scottish Government’s Community Land Team is holding a consultation on proposals for secondary legislation for the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land. Community Land Scotland will be making a response to this and will be consulting its members in due course. A copy of the consultation can be accessed here. The consultation seeks… Read more »

*Job opportunities* Kyle & Lochalsh Development Officer / Kyle of Sutherland Graduate Officer

Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust is seeking to appoint a Development Officer Applications are invited from energetic and self-motivated individuals who can act as a catalyst for innovative and sustainable community development in Lochalsh. See here for full details and how to apply (deadline for applications is noon on Monday 11th April) Kyle of Sutherland… Read more »

Booking Open for our 6th Annual Conference & AGM – What Next for the Sector?

We’re pleased to announce that our sixth annual conference and AGM will be held this year at An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May. Community Land Scotland Annual Conference & AGM 2016 What Next for the Sector? Hear from speakers on: the new joint protocol with Scottish Land and… Read more »

Community Right to Buy – new guidance docs

The Scottish Government have recently published the following guidance documents about the forthcoming changes to the Community Right to Buy; Changes to the Community Right to Buy process Community Right to Buy – an information leaflet for community bodies, land owners and other interested parties Community Right to Buy – Information for Communities Community Right to… Read more »