Community Land Scotland were asked to write a blog for the Scottish Land Commission on their research into transparency and legal options to development land ‘Transparency of Options Agreements’ (Diffley Partnership 2023).
This paper proposes a transformational system of new community partnership agreements to ensure community priorities are included from the earliest stage of new economic developments.
Landmark decision paves the way for the Knocknagael charity to take the Scottish Government owned green field at Knocknagael into community ownership
Following a detailed and lengthy process, an independent panel has recommended that the original decision to refuse the asset transfer be overturned, subject to a number of conditions, and Scottish Government ministers have accepted this recommendation.
John Watt reflects on his long career working in Scottish community development and land reform, the progress that has been made and the challenges that… Read More »John Watt – reflections on 25 years of land reform
This research and analysis critiques the ‘green finance gap’. Written by Jon Hollingdale, an independent forestry and land use consultant and researcher, who has worked in Scottish community forestry since 1999.
Community Land Scotland has published research by Professor Mike Danson on the impact of community land ownership in locations which were previously under monopoly ownership.
Today we publish ‘Essential truths in land reform’, an opinion piece written by Peter Peacock, a former Leader of Highland Council, an MSP and Cabinet Secretary.
Today we publish our position paper on ‘green finance’ and natural capital which highlights concerns around the implications for long-term land ownership and use and for future community ownership, alongside the long-term viability of carbon offsetting.
We held our 12th annual conference ‘Community Ownership and Land Reform: Marking the Centenary, Shaping the Future’ at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Skye on the 2nd and 3rd June.
The paper, by Alastair McIntosh, gives a fascinating perspective on natural and private capital.
On February 22 2023, we hosted the Urban Gathering. Sixteen community groups from towns and cities across Scotland, as well as other third sector organisations, joined us in Stirling.
Scottish land markets are changing quickly due in part to global demand for low and zero carbon investments. Investors and the super-rich, the so-called “Green Lairds”, are buying up large landholdings for “rewilding” and other carbon offset projects.