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 firstname.lastname@example.org , 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
Case studies (PDF)
Press stories on urban community land
North Edinburgh Arts to become community-owned hub (North Edinburgh Arts)
(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)
Mother’s lead fight to transform derelict school into £2.4million village (Linwood Community Trust)