Urban land

We are seeing an increase in the number of communities seeking ownership of land and land assets to catalyse re-generation across urban areas in Scotland. Community Land Scotland undertook research into urban community landownership in 2017/18. The research identified that, although interest in urban community landownership was growing, communities in towns and cities faced several challenges that differ from those in rural communities. See the Urban Community Landownership in Scotland in 2018 report below.

Community Land Scotland are working to address some of the challenges that are specific to urban areas by offering increased support to some of the pioneer urban communities through their landownership journey and raising awareness about the positive impacts community ownership can have; all the while building momentum in urban community landownership.

If your community is exploring ideas for purchasing land and/or land assets or has already acquired some our Urban Development officer Kristina would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact her via email at kristina.nitsolova@communitylandscotland.org.uk , or by phone on  07508 421886.

Urban Community Landownership in Scotland in 2018: research

Urban Community Landownership in Scotland in 2018 – Full Report

Urban Community Landownership in Scotland in 2018 – Summary Report

Communities that have bought or are in the process of buying land (2017-18) – list

Full literature review


Bonnymuir Green Community Trust (Aberdeen)

Bridgend Farmhouse (Edinburgh)

Midsteeple Quarter (Dumfries)

Case studies (PDF)

Bonnymuir Green Community Trust

Linwood Community Development Trust

Duddingston Village Conservation Society

Press stories on urban community land

North Edinburgh Arts to become community-owned hub (North Edinburgh Arts)

Development plans for recreation site after largest urban land buyout in Scotland secured for £500,000

(Viewpark Conservation Group)

Bitter battle to bring woodland back to life as a community asset (Helensburgh Community Woodlands Group)

Gathering to hear how new type of buyout is bringing benefits (Urban Community Land Gathering, October 2019)

Work completes on new Roystonhill Community Hub (Spireview Housing Association)

Copperworks celebrates ‘Park on the Hill’ regeneration milestone (Copperworks Housing Association)

Former Dumfries baker’s building seeks regeneration role (Dumfries High Street)

Boost for bid to create community co-working space on Dunbar High Street (Sustaining Dunbar)

Edinburgh’s Action Porty is first urban group to use right-to-buy powers

Mother’s lead fight to transform derelict school into £2.4million village (Linwood Community Trust)

Land reform to change Scottish cities


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