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Communities Realising the Potential of Vacant and Derelict Land

In this blog, Karlene Doherty – Vacant and Derelict Land Project Manager at the Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) – looks at the opportunities for community-led regeneration of abandoned sites and the partnership between DTAS and the Scottish Land Commission.

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Land for Housing - What Europe can teach us

Senior Policy Officer David Stewart explains the importance of today's report on housing land allocation, assembly and delivery in Europe and shares how the findings can contribute to thinking on land reform and the creation of better places.

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Mediation Marks the Way Forward

The Tenant Farming Commissioner explores the benefits of mediation between tenants and landlords and provides details of an upcoming online webinar exploring this.

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Delivering more homes and better places in Scotland

In this guest blog, Dr Gareth James explores the findings from the report "Delivering more homes and better places: Lessons from policy and practice in Scotland," published today.

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Upsurge in tree planting putting land in demand

In his latest blog, Tenant Farming Commissioner Bob McIntosh looks at how tenants and landlords can reach agreement about planting trees due to the upsurge in interest in afforesting land.

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We must up the pace and scale of change!

In this blog, Scottish Land Commission Chair, Andrew Thin, looks at how we can rethink the way we own, manage and use land to support a fair and green recovery.

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Balancing Land Rights and Responsibilities

Head of Land Rights and Responsibilities Emma Cooper looks at how we can use the Land Rights & Responsibilities Statement – and our protocols – to realise economic, social and cultural rights in practice.

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Whose space? Whose heritage?

Cath Denholm explores the concept of who nature and heritage belong to in defining a post-Covid recovery.

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Land Commission learns from TFC experience

The Tenant Farming Commissioner explores the role of our Land Rights & Responsibilities Protocols for land owners, managers and users in the agricultural sector in his latest blog.

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Human Rights and Land Reform: A springboard for future resilience

Land Commissioner Megan MacInnes explores the relationship between land reform and the delivery of our broader human rights, health and place-based ambitions.

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TFC Blog: Tenancy Queries

Tenant Farming Commissioner Bob McIntosh reflects on the number of tenancy queries he receives.

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The Power of Community-led Regeneration

Louisa Macdonell explores the power of communities in leading local regeneration.

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Building Community Wealth

Julie McLachlan of North Ayrshire Council discusses their Community Wealth Building strategy.

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Rethinking land use for future generations

Jane Davidson looks at how we can rethink land use to look after the interests of future generations

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Land and collective wellbeing: fertile soil

Hamish Trench and Dr Katherine Trebeck explore the connection between land and an economic system that delivers human and environmental wellbeing.

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A Response to ‘Putting land back into the economic model’

Deryck Irving looks at where immediate action is possible to address the issue of vacant and derelict land.

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Rental value of land

Andrew Purves looks at the potential role of land rents in responding to the property implications of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Rural Housing

As we publish the next report in our Review of Land for Housing and Development, Scottish Land Commission Senior Policy Officer David Stewart discusses how the houses that rural Scotland needs can be delivered.

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Putting land back into the economic model

Change requires us to reinvent our economic model to prioritise wellbeing, changing how we think about land could help us to do this.

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TFC Blog: Level Heads Key to Succeeding with Rent Talks

The Tenant Farming Commissioner looks at landlords and tenants working together to achieve a settlement that is fair to both parties.

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Trust in land

In this blog, Land Commissioner Sally Reynolds looks at the two new Land Rights and Responsibilities Protocols that set out practical expectations for private trusts and charities owning land in Scotland.

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Making Scotland’s land work for recovery and renewal

Land underpins our economy and now, more than ever, we need to make the most of our land

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Blog: The Value of Early Engagement

As part of our Review of Land for Housing and Development, Policy Officer Kathie Pollard and planning consultant Nick Wright look at the benefits of involving communities earlier in decision-making on planning.

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Land for Housing – Time for change?

Concerns that Scotland’s housing land market and approach to development does not meet our needs have been amplified by the public health and economic crisis we are facing.

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Planning for the long term public interest

Shona Glenn, Head of Policy and Research, looks at the role of planning and the National Planning Framework (NFP 4) in delivering the high quality places that are fundamental to our wellbeing based on our submission to the Scottish Government’s ‘call for ideas’.

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Making the most of our land – the potential of new regional land use partnerships

The Scottish Land Commission is currently preparing advice for Ministers on how best to establish new Regional Land Use Partnerships to drive climate action

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Blog: Agricultural Land Occupation Survey Results

The Tenant Farming Commissioner discusses the results of the Agricultural Land Occupation Survey, which provides an annual a snapshot of what is happening in the let land market.

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Shaping our futures - Communities and the Right to Buy for Sustainable Development

With the Community Right to Buy for Sustainable Development coming in to place this weekend, Land Commissioner Megan MacInnes looks at what it means for communities and for land reform.

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Is there such a thing as ‘normal’ community ownership?

Policy Officer James MacKessack-Leitch looks at what Scotland can learn from international approaches to land ownership, use, and management.

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Blog: Clarity about land ownership benefits everyone

Land Commissioner Sally Reynolds looks at improving the transparency and availability of information on the ownership, management and use of land.

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TFC Blog: New advice on diversification for tenant farmers in Scotland

Scottish tenant farmers, who are planning to diversify into areas such as tourism or renewable energy, can now get advice on their rights from a new guide that we published this month.

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Farm Business Incubators

Policy Officer James MacKessack-Leitch shares how farm incubators could innovate Scottish agriculture.

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TFC Blog: Mediation in the Tenant Farming Sector

This year is the Year of Mediation so it seems apt that we’re nearing the end of our review of the pilot mediation service – and considering where we might take it next.

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The Value of Early Engagement

A guest blog from Nick Wright of Nick Wright Planning, introduced by Policy Officer Kathie Pollard.

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Scottish Land Matching Service - Up and running

The Scottish Land Matching Service is now up and running - here's how to access it.

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Community Engagement - What we can learn

What we can learn from the results of our recent surveys on community engagement.