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  • Housing & Development

* Guidance on Assessing the Full Economic Benefits of the Productive Reuse of Land

Framework for assessing the wider economic benefits of the reuse of land

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  • Housing & Development

* Overview of the Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce Recommendations

An overview of the vacant and derelict land taskforce recommendations

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  • Housing & Development

* Transforming Vacant and Derelict Land in Scotland - Case Studies

Inspiring examples of how vacant and derelict land can be transformed and the benefits it can bring

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  • Housing & Development

* Vacant and Derelict Land Community Impact Tool

A survey tool to measure the impact of vacant and derelict land on the community

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  • Housing & Development

* Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce Recommendations

Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce Recommendations

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  • Housing & Development

*Funding Sources for Bringing Vacant and Derelict Land Back in to Use

There is a wide variety of funding options available to communities and local authorities to help bring the land back into use and benefit those living around vacant and derelict sites. This table provides a brief description of different funding sources available, highlighting the main limitations of each and indicating what type of activity the funding is most suitable for.

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  • Corporate

2017-20 Our Progress so far

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  • Tenant Farming

A Guide to - Relinquishment and Assignation

TFC Guide to Relinquishment and Assignation

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  • Tenant Farming

A Guide to - the Use of Tenanted Agricultural Holdings for non-Agricultural Purposes (Diversification)

TFC Diversification Guide

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  • Tenant Farming

A Guide to – Joint Ventures with New Entrants

Produced by the Scottish Land Commission, in conjunction with partner organisations: SAC, NFUS, James Hutton Institute

1.77 MB

  • Tenant Farming

A Guide to – The 2016 Land Reform (Scotland) Act

This guide summarises the main features of the legislation and the implications for landlords and tenants of agricultural holdings.

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  • Tenant Farming

A Guide to – The Essential Features of the Modern Limited Duration Tenancy

This guide summarises the essential features of the legislation relating to Modern Limited Duration Tenancy’s (MLDT’s) and every care has been taken to ensure that it accurately reflects the main features of the current legislation. Users of the guide are advised, however, to obtain independent legal advice relevant to their particular circumstances before acting upon any of the information contained in this guide.

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  • Tenant Farming

A Guide to – The Professional Conduct of Agents and How to make a Complaint

This guide outlines the standards expected of professional agents working for landlords and tenants of agricultural holdings. It provides information on how and where to complain about an agent who does not adhere to the relevant standards. For the purposes of this guide, agents comprise of surveyors, factors, land agents, solicitors and any other professional adviser acting for either party.

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A Guide to – The proposed legislation on relinquishment of 1991 act tenancies

This guide provides a summary of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 provisions relating to the relinquishment of 1991 Act tenancies.

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  • Tenant Farming

A Guide to – The use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Scottish agricultural holdings sector

This guide outlines some of the ways in which the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can be used in order to resolve disputes without going to court. It provides information on which ADR process to choose and when to seek further assistance.

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  • Tenant Farming

A Guide to – Transfer of Tenancies by Assignation and Succession

This guide outlines the ways in which an agricultural tenancy can be passed on to another person. It includes information on whether and how a tenancy might be assigned during a tenant’s lifetime; bequeathing a tenancy; and intestate transfer of a tenancy. Users of this guide are advised to obtain independent legal advice relevant to their particular circumstances before acting upon any of the information contained in this guide.

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  • Tenant Farming

A Guide to – Tree Planting on Tenanted Agricultural Holdings

This guide provides information for landlords and tenants who might be considering planting trees on tenanted agricultural holdings. It outlines tenants and landlords rights to planting trees and provides information on applying for permission to plant.

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  • Good Practice
  • Ownership

A Protocol - Common Good Land

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  • Good Practice

A Protocol - Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land

309.97 KB

  • Good Practice
  • Ownership

A Protocol - Diversification of Ownership and Tenure

LRRS Protocol on Diversification of Ownership and Tenure

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  • Good Practice

A Protocol - Good Stewardship of Land

LRRS Protocol on Good Stewardship of Land

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  • Good Practice
  • Ownership

A Protocol - Land Ownership by Charities

1.52 MB

  • Good Practice
  • Ownership

A Protocol - Land Ownership by Private Trusts

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  • Good Practice

A Protocol - Negotiating Transfer of Land to Communities

LRRS Protocol on Negotiating Transfer of Land to Communities

216.35 KB

  • Good Practice
  • Ownership

A Protocol - Transparency of Ownership and Decison-Making

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  • Housing & Development

A Review of Funding Sources for the Re-use of Vacant and Derelict Land

1.08 MB

  • Tenant Farming

A Review of the Conduct of Agents of Agricultural Landlords and Tenants - A report to Scottish Ministers

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  • Good Practice

A Route Map - Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land

294.63 KB

  • Corporate

Advice to Scottish Government on Regional Land Use Partnerships

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  • Housing & Development

Advice to Scottish Ministers on Options for Land Value Capture

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Ownership

Affric Highlands – Trees for Life

The Affric Highlands project, led by Trees for Life, is bringing together landowners and communities from across the central Highlands to support nature, people, and businesses, and create a more progressive and sustainable local economy.

link to Affric Highlands – Trees for Life case study
  • Tenant Farming

Amnesty on Tenant's Improvements - Information and Case Studies

This leaflet provides information and case studies for tenant farmers on how the amnesty works and the procedures to be followed.

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  • Tenant Farming

Amnesty – Template Note of Agreement between the parties as approved by an Arbitrator

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  • Tenant Farming

Amnesty – Template for application to the Land Court

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  • Housing & Development

An Investigation into Land Banking in Scotland

1.65 MB

Housing & Development

An adventure playground for Possilpark – Concrete Garden

Concrete Garden was established in 2013 from a community growing project which transformed a small vacant and derelict site in Possilpark.

link to An adventure playground for Possilpark – Concrete Garden case study
  • Housing & Development

An assessment of historic attempts to capture land value uplift in the UK

Heriot Watt University was commissioned to review the UK’s historic experience of land value capture and identify what lessons current policy makers could take from this experience.

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Housing & Development

Anderston Regeneration Project

The Anderston regeneration project demonstrates the importance of an active land policy, masterplanning, intensive community engagement, and public sector funding for site assembly and delivery.

link to Anderston Regeneration Project case study
Housing & Development

Anna's Hoeve, Hilversum, The Netherlands

In this case study of Anna's Hoeve, in Hilversum, the Netherlands , we explore the capacity of Dutch planning to integrate placemaking into the delivery of new housing.

link to Anna's Hoeve, Hilversum, The Netherlands case study
  • Corporate

Annual Business Plan 2018

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  • Corporate

Annual Business Plan 2019

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  • Corporate

Annual Business Plan 2020

Annual Business Plan 2020-21

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  • Corporate

Annual Business Plan 2021

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  • Corporate

Annual Business Plan 2022-23

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  • Corporate

Annual Report & Accounts 2017-18 - English

1.84 MB

  • Corporate

Annual Report & Accounts 2017-18 - Gaelic

Aithisg Bhliadhnail agus Cunntasan 2017 gu 2018

1.82 MB

  • Corporate

Annual Report & Accounts 2018-19 - Gaelic

Aithisg Bhliadhnail agus Cunntasan 2018 gu 2019

1.68 MB

  • Corporate

Annual Report & Accounts 2019-2020 - English

2.83 MB

  • Corporate

Annual Report & Accounts 2019-2020 - Gaelic

Aithisg Bhliadhnail agus Cunntasan 2019 gu 2020

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  • Corporate

Annual Report & Accounts 2020-21 - English

1.52 MB

  • Corporate

Annual Report & Accounts 2020-21 - Gaelic

Aithisg Bhliadhnail agus Cunntasan 2020 gu 2021

2.11 MB

  • Corporate

Annual Report and Accounts 2018-2019 - English

1.93 MB

  • Corporate

Annual Review 2017-18

A review of the activity and progress made by the Commission from 1 April 2017–31 March 2018.

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  • Corporate

Annual Review 2018-19

A review of the activity and progress made by the Commission from 1 April 2018–31 March 2019.

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  • Corporate

Annual Review 2019-20

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  • Corporate

Annual Review 2020-21

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  • Corporate

Annual Review 2021-22

Scottish Land Commission Annual Review 2021-22

2.17 MB

Housing & Development

Applecross Community Land Use Plan

Significant local housing needs in Applecross have created a collaborative process engaging the community landowner, local authority, and public agencies to identify housing sites through a Community Land Use Plan.

link to Applecross Community Land Use Plan case study
  • Corporate

Audit and Risk Committee - Terms of Reference (Dec 2019)

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Ownership

Aultnaskiach Dell Community Woodland

The owners of Aultnaskiach Dell wanted to safeguard the woods from potential development so asked locals if there was interest in a community buyout.

link to Aultnaskiach Dell Community Woodland case study
Housing & Development

Bahnhof Heubruch, Wuppertal, Germany

The Bahnhof Heubruch development in Wuppertal, Germany explores how planning helps a German city develop a high-quality residential project with affordable housing in a less prosperous economic context.

link to Bahnhof Heubruch, Wuppertal, Germany case study
Good Practice

Balcaskie Estate: Creating livelihood opportunities

Balcaskie Estate in Fife recognises the importance of creating a more diverse pattern of land ownership and tenure and is committed to ‘diversity of opportunity’.

link to Balcaskie Estate: Creating livelihood opportunities case study
Housing & Development

Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Glasgow

Creating a safe outdoor play space for children in one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, an arts and architecture-led project created the Baltic Street Adventure Playground.

link to Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Glasgow case study
Housing & Development

Bertha Park - Collaboration in masterplanning

Bertha Park demonstrates the importance of collaboration and masterplanning, and upfront finance for infrastructure to unlock development land.

link to Bertha Park - Collaboration in masterplanning case study
Good Practice

Buccleuch Langholm Moor Sale – Creating opportunities through community engagement

Through the process of identifying land that could be sold, Buccleuch became increasingly aware of the impact land-use decisions can have on nearby communities.

link to Buccleuch Langholm Moor Sale – Creating opportunities through community engagement case study
Ownership

Bunloit and Beldorney Estates – Highlands Rewilding

The Bunloit Estate in the Highlands and the Beldorney Estate in Aberdeenshire are looking at how land can be managed in new ways, using innovative investment, to deliver benefits for the environment and for local communities.

link to Bunloit and Beldorney Estates – Highlands Rewilding case study
  • Good Practice

CLS LRRS Self-Assessment Report

Community Land Scotland (CLS)'s report from the LRRS Self-Assessment Pilot Project 2020-21

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  • Housing & Development

CaCHE Report - Delivering More Homes and Better Places: Lessons from policy and practice in Scotland

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  • Housing & Development

CaCHE Report - Table 1

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Housing & Development

Canal and North Gateway, Glasgow

Scottish Canals and NatureScot transforming the land around the canal corridor between Firhill and Port Dundas

link to Canal and North Gateway, Glasgow case study
Housing & Development

Carluke High Mill & Community Growing & Learning Garden – Carluke Development Trust

Carluke community recognised the potential of Caruke High Mill which has been derelict for more than 20 years.

link to Carluke High Mill & Community Growing & Learning Garden – Carluke Development Trust case study
Housing & Development

Castle Gardens, Pencaitland

Castle Gardens demonstrates the importance of maintaining an up-to-date development plan and offers insights into the role of land promoters in place promotion and risk sharing.

link to Castle Gardens, Pencaitland case study
  • Ownership

Centenary reflections on the significance and the enduring legacy of the Land Settlement (Scotland) Act 1919

Repeopling Emptied Places by Jim Hunter

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  • Corporate

Climate Change Action Plan 2020-25

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  • Tenant Farming

Code of Practice - Agreeing and Managing Agricultural Leases

Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), Bob McIntosh, has issued a Code of Practice for Agreeing and Managing Agricultural Leases which is to be followed by landowners, tenant farmers and land agents.

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  • Tenant Farming

Code of Practice - Amnesty of Tenants' Improvements

This code of practice has been issued by Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC) after consultation with, and with the support of, Scottish Land and Estates (SLE), the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (STFA) and the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS). It is issued under the authority of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

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  • Tenant Farming

Code of Practice - Conducting Rent Reviews

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  • Tenant Farming

Code of Practice - Late Payment of Rent

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  • Tenant Farming

Code of Practice - Planning the Future of Limited Partnerships

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  • Tenant Farming

Code of Practice - Sporting Rights

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  • Tenant Farming

Code of Practice - The Maintenance of the Condition of Tenanted Agricultural Holdings

This code of practice is intended to help provide a route for landlords and tenants to come to agreement about where the responsibility lies in maintaining agricultural holdings in good condition in order for the holding to be efficiently farmed.

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  • Good Practice

Community Engagement Baseline Surveys Report 2019

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  • Good Practice

Community Engagement in Land-Use Decision Making Land Agent Training: Benefits of Community Engagement Table

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  • Good Practice

Community Engagement in Land-Use Decision Making Useful Resources

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  • Ownership

Community Ownership Financing - Options to Complement the Scottish Land Fund

This report was commissioned by the Scottish Land Commission to identify, explore and consider the wider implications of relevant and emerging sources of finance that are complementary to the Scottish Land Fund (SLF).

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  • Ownership

Community Ownership and Community Right to Buy - Recommendations to Ministers

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  • Good Practice

Community Wealth Building - Useful References and Resources

These references and resources provide helpful information, guidance and advice on a range of issues relating to community wealth building and land rights and responsibilities, and to the actions set out in the Commission’s Community Wealth Building and Land guidance.

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  • Good Practice

Community Wealth Building and Land Guidance

Our guidance on community wealth building sets out practical actions that public bodies can take to use and manage land productively and in the public interest.

1.48 MB

  • Ownership

Community funding models table

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  • Housing & Development

Compulsory Sales Orders - a proposal from the Scottish Land Commission

A new Compulsory Sales Order (CSO) power could tackle the blight of abandoned buildings and parcels of vacant and derelict land in town centres and communities across Scotland.

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Housing & Development

Countesswells, Aberdeen: a structure for community liaison

In the Countesswells development, the communities' liaison group became a proactive participant in the development and design process.

link to Countesswells, Aberdeen: a structure for community liaison case study
Ownership

Culduthel Community Woods

Culduthel Woods Group is undergoing the legal process of acquiring the ownership of currently ownerless woodland in Inverness.

link to Culduthel Community Woods case study
Good Practice

Cumbernauld Living Landscapes Partnership – Natural Connections

A living landscape partnership approach to bring different landowners together to develop volunteer-led conservation

link to Cumbernauld Living Landscapes Partnership – Natural Connections case study
Housing & Development

Dalmarnock: a masterplanning approach

Clyde Gateway is a public urban regeneration agency in Glasgow’s east end and Rutherglen, which worked on the South Dalmarnock Integrated Urban Infrastructure Framework masterplan to unlock development opportunities in an area of significant post-industrial decline and dereliction.

link to Dalmarnock: a masterplanning approach case study
Housing & Development

Dargavel, Renfrewshire

The Dargavel development demonstrates the importance of collaboration, masterplanning and upfront finance for infrastructure to unlock development land.

link to Dargavel, Renfrewshire case study
  • Ownership

Delivering Greater Benefits from Common Good Land and Buildings

Common Good assets in Scotland have the potential to deliver much greater public benefit than they do currently, according to this research report written for the Scottish Land Commission by researchers at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).

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  • Tenant Farming

Developing Business Incubators for Agriculture

Farm business incubators could help bring new entrants into agriculture in Scotland.

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  • Good Practice

Developing an Engagement Plan for Decisions Relating to Land - Practice Guide

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  • Good Practice

Developing an Engagement Plan for Decisions Relating to Land - Practice Guide - Annex 1 - Engagement Planning Matrix

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  • Good Practice

Developing an Engagement Plan for Decisions Relating to Land - Practice Guide - Annex 2 - Engagement Planning Template

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Good Practice

Doune Ponds – Managing the Land in Partnership: Moray Estates and Doune Community Woodland Group

A former gravel and sand quarry, Doune Ponds is a 40-acre Local Nature Reserve owned by Moray Estates and managed in partnership with Doune Community Woodland Group (DCWG) since 2014.

link to Doune Ponds – Managing the Land in Partnership: Moray Estates and Doune Community Woodland Group case study
Housing & Development

Dumfries Neighbourhood Street Design: Community empowerment

The Dumfries Neighbourhood Street Design project – led by Sustrans Scotland with Dumfries & Galloway Council and the community – transformed a once-neglected part of Dumfries town centre into a more liveable, inclusive and active travel-friendly neighbourhood through a collaborative design process.

link to Dumfries Neighbourhood Street Design: Community empowerment case study
Housing & Development

East Lothian – An area-based study of a higher value and less affordable market

East Lothian Rural Voice was set up by rural stakeholders, including landowners and managers, to look for a partnership way forward with East Lothian Council for more investment in the countryside.

link to East Lothian – An area-based study of a higher value and less affordable market case study
Good Practice

East Neuk Community Action Plan

East Neuk Community Action Plan is an aspirational initiative to develop a long term vision and strategy for East Neuk area of Fife

link to East Neuk Community Action Plan case study
  • Corporate

Equality Impact Assessment Strategic Plan 2020-23

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  • Tenant Farming

Example Schedule of Improvements

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Tenant Farming

Examples of the eligibility of items that might be included under the Amnesty

Examples of the eligibility of items that might be included under the Amnesty

link to Examples of the eligibility of items that might be included under the Amnesty case study
  • Good Practice

FAQs on Community Engagement in Land Use Decision-Making Protocol

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  • Good Practice

FAQs on Diversification of Ownership & Negotiating Transfer of Land to Communities Protocols

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  • Good Practice

FAQs on Protocols on Landownership by Charities and Private Trusts

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  • Good Practice

FAQs on Responsible Natural Capital and Carbon Management Protocol

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Good Practice

Findrassie Master-planned Neighbourhood, Elgin

For the Findrassie master-planned development, Pitgaveny Estate has taken a longer-term, strategic approach to create a new neighbourhood in collaboration with the community, Moray Council and other key stakeholders.

link to Findrassie Master-planned Neighbourhood, Elgin case study
Housing & Development

Former Police Box Active Travel Hub – Vale of Leven Trust

An Active Travel Hub, set up in a former police box, providing equipment and skills to help locals gain more confidence to travel more actively.

link to Former Police Box Active Travel Hub – Vale of Leven Trust case study
Housing & Development

Fort William 2040: better proposals, better outcomes

Wider community engagement on placemaking as part of the Fort William 2040 project coincided with engagement on a particularly significant development for the Fort William community.

link to Fort William 2040: better proposals, better outcomes case study
Ownership

France – Municipal management of collective ownership structures

In France, there is a core distinction between forest land and ‘other’ land (i.e. rural lands, farm land, etc.) which dates back to the French Revolution. In 2001, a new ‘Forest Law’ was passed in France, which introduced the expectation of forest owners to implement multifunctional forest plans, including responsibilities for providing access and environmental protection.

link to France – Municipal management of collective ownership structures case study
  • Corporate

Gaelic Language Plan 2022-27

The Scottish Land Commission's first Gaelic Language Plan 2022-27

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Ownership

Germany – Municipal landownership and administration

The non-profit sector has a long tradition in Germany and it takes on greater significance for society, politics and economy than in many other countries. More recently, there has been growing concern about the need to change how public land is owned and administered, particularly in the current context of high demand for land and affordable housing in urban areas.

link to Germany – Municipal landownership and administration case study
Housing & Development

Glasgow Commonwealth Games Village – a lasting legacy

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games Village demonstrates how a public interest led development approach and wider regenerational activities can shape a new market and place where none existed before.

link to Glasgow Commonwealth Games Village – a lasting legacy case study
Housing & Development

Glentress: Paving the way for planning consent

Glentress Forest is one of a number of forests in the Tweed Valley managed by Forestry and Land Scotland. It is at the forefront of their plans to ensure that important forest resources continue to be accessible to the public & offer a range of activities.

link to Glentress: Paving the way for planning consent case study
  • Good Practice

Good Practice - Principles for handling casework

These principles set out where our Good Practice team can help and what is outside our remit.

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  • Good Practice

Good Stewardship of Land - Supporting Information

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Good Practice

Holm Hill – a new dawn for Newcastleton

The negotiated sale of 750 acres of land known as Holm Hill from Buccleuch’s Borders Estate to the Newcastleton and District Community Trust (NDCT) marks an exciting future for this community in the South of Scotland.

link to Holm Hill – a new dawn for Newcastleton case study
  • Housing & Development

Housing Land Allocation, Assembly and Delivery: Lessons from Europe

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  • Tenant Farming

Increasing the Availability of Farmland for New Entrants to Agriculture in Scotland

The James Hutton Institute was commissioned to investigate new models and structures to increase the availability of land for new entrants; provide practical guidance on existing joint venture models; identify barriers to succession and retirement; and develop a baseline for measuring success.

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  • Good Practice

Information Map - Info for Communities

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  • Good Practice

Information Map - Info for Land Owners

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Housing & Development

Inverkeithing: Building quality, trust and community

Kingdom Housing Association’s highly praised phased regeneration project in Inverkeithing has engaged tenants and local residents in the design and decision-making process.

link to Inverkeithing: Building quality, trust and community case study
  • Corporate

Island Communities Impact Assessment Strategic Plan 2020-23

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Ownership

Issues with Inalienability: Portobello High School

The City of Edinburgh Council proposed to use Portobello Park as the site for the new Portobello High School. However the land was not designated as a possible site for a new school.

link to Issues with Inalienability: Portobello High School case study
Housing & Development

Killearn: three-way consultation

Although consultation was not a requirement for the Killearn housing development, the developer ensured that the local community was given the opportunity to positively influence the design.

link to Killearn: three-way consultation case study
  • Good Practice

LRRS Review 2022 - Response to Scottish Government

The Scottish Land Commission's response to Scottish Government's 2022 review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement.

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  • Good Practice

LRRS Self-Assessment Pilot Programme 2020-21 Overview Report

The overview report from the LRRS Self-Assessment Pilot Programme 2020-21

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  • Good Practice

LRRS Self-Assessment Pilot Programme Report - Outputs, learning & evaluation 2020-21

The report on the outputs, learning and evaluation from the LRRS Self-Assessment Pilot Programme Report 2020-21

1.98 MB

  • Ownership

Land Focus: Common Good Land

Scotland’s Common Good Funds are worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The Scottish Government has asked the Land Commission to look at how greater benefit could be delivered for communities through the Common Good.

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  • Ownership

Land Focus: International Experience of Community, Communal and Municipal Ownership

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  • Good Practice
  • Ownership

Land Focus: Land Ownership by Trusts

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  • Housing & Development

Land Focus: Land Value Capture

This briefing paper looks at land value capture, what it is and the Land Commission’s work.

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  • Tax & Fiscal

Land Focus: Land Value Tax Briefing Paper

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  • Housing & Development

Land Focus: Land for Housing and Development

This Land Focus paper explores the Commission's review of land for housing, which proposes five recommendations suggesting a new model where the public sector takes a leading role in the housing land market to create places people want to live at prices they can afford.

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  • Ownership

Land Focus: Natural Capital and Land

In this Land Focus paper, we set out some of the key issues the Scottish Land Commission identifies in relation to natural capital, land, and a just transition.

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  • Ownership

Land Lines - Balancing rights and interests in Scottish land reform

The seventh in our series of Land Lines discussion papers, by James Mure QC, looks at the current legal context of human rights law in Scotland and its implications for any new proposals addressing land ownership.

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  • Ownership

Land Lines - Carbon Markets, Public Interest and Landownership in Scotland

In this Land Lines discussion paper, Dr Jill Robbie and Dr Giedre Jokubauskaite explore the issues surrounding carbon markets, public interest and landownership in Scotland.

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  • Tenant Farming

Land Lines - Encouraging agricultural land lettings in Scotland for the 21st century

This, the fourth paper in the Land Lines series, looks at ways to encourage agricultural land letting in Scotland with a particular focus on potential changes to taxation.

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  • Ownership

Land Lines - Human rights and the work of the Scottish Land Commission

In this, the fifth paper in the Land Lines series, Dr Kirsteen Shields looks at the opportunities provided by land reform for further realisation of economic, social and cultural human rights.

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  • Housing & Development

Land Lines - Land Acquisition: Lessons for Scotland - A discussion paper

This, the sixth paper in the Land Lines series, Professor Tony Crook looks at examples of land acquisition in the Netherlands and Germany and the lessons that Scotland could learn.

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  • Ownership

Land Lines - Land: For the many, not the few? Limitations on the scale of land ownership

In this paper, the third in the Land Lines series, Peter Peacock looks at the scale of concentration of ownership of land in Scotland.

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  • Ownership

Land Lines - Natural capital, carbon offsetting and land use

In this Land Lines discussion paper, Prof Dieter Helm looks at natural capital, carbon offsetting and land use in Scotland.

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  • Housing & Development

Land Lines - The delivery of public interest led development in Scotland: A discussion paper

This, the second paper in the Land Lines series, Steven Tolson and Archie Rintoul look at the approaches adopted to achieve public interest led development in Scotland.

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  • Housing & Development

Land Lines - The housing land market in Scotland: A discussion paper

The housing land market in Scotland: A discussion paper

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  • Tax & Fiscal

Land Reform and Taxation - Advice to Scottish Ministers

This report sets out our advice on the role of taxation in supporting current land reform objectives. It aims to assist Ministers in considering the role of taxation in relation to land.

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  • Tax & Fiscal

Land Value Tax Policy Options for Scotland

1.49 MB

  • Tax & Fiscal

Land and Property Taxation in Scotland: Policy proposals for devolved taxes

1.22 MB

  • Tax & Fiscal

Land and property taxation in Scotland: Initial scoping of options for reform

1.18 MB

  • Housing & Development

Land for Housing: Towards a Public Interest Led Approach to Development

The Commission's review of land for housing proposes five recommendations suggesting a new model where the public sector takes a leading role in the housing land market to create places people want to live at prices they can afford.

3.97 MB

  • Tenant Farming

Late Payment of Rent – Important Advice to Tenants

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  • Ownership

Legislative proposals to address the impact of Scotland’s concentration of land ownership - A discussion paper

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Ownership

L’Arche de La Nature: A forest for the many

The L’Arche de la Nature municipal forest in Le Mans, France has parallels for community forestry in Scotland.

link to L’Arche de La Nature: A forest for the many case study
  • Tenant Farming

Mediation in the Tenant Farming Sector - Lessons and Feedback from a Pilot Scheme

This report discusses some of the lessons learned about mediation in the tenant farming sector through the trial of four pilot mediations supported by the Scottish Land Commission.

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Ownership

Mexico – Communal agrarian tenure (Ejido system)

Mexico has a long history of development of policies with regards to land tenure. One example is ejidos, now effectively a form of social and private property that contain a mix of individually parcelled land (made possible by the 1992 reform) and some land which is held and used communally.

link to Mexico – Communal agrarian tenure (Ejido system) case study
  • Tenant Farming

Mock tenant farming mediation info & sign up sheet

Mock mediation information and sign up form

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  • Tenant Farming

Model Agreement for Amnesty of Tenant's Improvements

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  • Tenant Farming

Model Amnesty Notice (Section 114 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016

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  • Tenant Farming

Model Forms for an Amnesty Agreement - Covering Note

142.37 KB

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Municipal Forests vs Community Woodlands – Three case studies in Le Mans (France) and Inverness (Scotland)

1.61 MB

  • Good Practice

NFUS LRRS Self-Assessment Report

National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS)'s report from the LRRS Self-Assessment Pilot Project 2020-21

812.65 KB

  • Tenant Farming

National Access Forum (NAF) Scotland - Guidance Note on the Use of Mediation for Access

Guidance Note on the potential use of professional mediation as a tool to help local authorities and National Park Authorities, Local Access Forums (LAFs), land owners/managers and access takers.

803.22 KB

National Student Award Application Form

103.11 KB

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Natural Capital and Land: Recommendations for a Just Transition - Advice to Scottish Ministers June 2022

1.46 MB

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Natural Capital and Land: Recommendations for a Just Transition - Summary

Natural Capital and Land: Recommendations for a Just Transition - Summary of advice to Ministers

82.84 KB

Ownership

Norway – Municipal ownership and commonage

The history of common landownership and governance in Norway is extensive and predates legal structures, but it is considered to have fostered a ‘co-owner’ agrarian system and society.

link to Norway – Municipal ownership and commonage case study
  • Good Practice
  • Housing & Development

Opportunities for public involvement in the Scottish planning system

147.90 KB

Housing & Development

Orkney & Islands – An area-based study of a diverse rural area

The challenges of housing delivery in Orkney are not necessarily unique compared to other rural areas but can be magnified by the island setting.

link to Orkney & Islands – An area-based study of a diverse rural area case study
  • Corporate

Plana Gaidhlig Coimisean Fearainn na h-Alba 2022-27

Am Plana Gaidhlig Coimisean Fearainn na h-Alba 2022-27

444.36 KB

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Plana Ro-Innleachdail 2020-23 GAIDHLIG

2.95 MB

  • Corporate

Programme of Work

Programme of Work - Updated June 2019

1.29 MB

  • Corporate

Programme of Work 2020-23

Annex 1 to the Strategic Plan 2020-23

70.72 KB

  • Corporate

Programme of Work 2022-23

Programme of Work - Updated April 2022

330.47 KB

Housing & Development

Queens Park Recreation Ground, Crosshill, Glasgow

South Seeds aims to create a socially engaging sustainable hub within Govanhill - one of the most densely populated and deprived areas in Scotland.

link to Queens Park Recreation Ground, Crosshill, Glasgow case study
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ROUTE MAP FOR LANDOWNERS: Opportunities for more diverse ownership, management and use of land

313.00 KB

Good Practice

RSPB Insh Marshes Nature Reserve

A long-term vision is being developed to transform RSPB Insh Marshes into a prime example of a better-connected floodplain and less modified river system

link to RSPB Insh Marshes Nature Reserve case study
Housing & Development

Raining Stairs, Inverness

Redevelopment of derelict land brings affordable housing back into Inverness city centre

link to Raining Stairs, Inverness case study
Housing & Development

Re-use Hub in a long-term vacant building - New Cumnock Development Trust

New Cumnock Development Trust plan to bring an empty town centre building back into use as a viable social enterprise.

link to Re-use Hub in a long-term vacant building - New Cumnock Development Trust case study
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Recommendations to Scottish Government on the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement

The Scottish Land Commission has reviewed the draft Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement with regard to the likely impact and effectiveness of the draft statement and offered recommendations to Scottish Ministers.

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Recommendations to Scottish Government on the consultation of the Future of the Scottish Planning System

The Scottish Land Commission has reviewed the likely impact and effectiveness of proposals contained in the consultation in relation to what we understand to be their intended outcomes, and have offered recommendations to Scottish Ministers.

150.60 KB

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Recommendations to Scottish Government on the consultation on guidance for engaging communities in decisions relating to land

The Scottish Land Commission has reviewed the likely impact and effectiveness of the guidance on engaging communities in decisions relating to land as contained in the consultation in relation to what we understand to be its intended outcomes, and has offered recommendations to Scottish Ministers.

184.37 KB

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Research Ethics Policy

64.65 KB

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Research on interventions to manage land markets and limit the concentration of land ownership elsewhere in the world

This research report looks at international approaches to limiting scale and concentration of land ownership.

1.07 MB

  • Housing & Development

Residential development land prices and house prices

2.56 MB

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Responsible Natural Capital and Carbon Management Protocol

This protocol sets out practical expectations for new and existing landowners, managers and investors to ensure that their approach to natural capital and carbon management recognises their responsibilities, as well as their rights, in relation to land and contributes to a just transition.

256.95 KB

  • Housing & Development

Reusing Vacant and Derelict Land: Case Studies

Case studies demonstrating how vacant and derelict land can successfully be reused

3.25 MB

  • Tenant Farming

Review of Buccleuch Estate Agricultural Tenancy Negotiations

422.72 KB

  • Housing & Development

Review of Funding Sources for the Re-Use of VDL - March 2022 Update

An updated Review of Funding Sources for the Re-Use of Vacant and Derelict Land carried out by Ryden - published in March 2022.

1.64 MB

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Review of International Experience of Community, Communal and Municipal Ownership of Land

1.19 MB

Housing & Development

Rothiemurchus – A cross subsidy model

The Rothiemurchus Estate has worked with four local families and the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) to develop a no subsidy housing model on the brownfield site.

link to Rothiemurchus – A cross subsidy model case study
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Rural Land Market Data Analysis Report

1.04 MB

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Rural Land Market Data Analysis Report - Estate Sales Data

424.94 KB

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Rural Land Market Data Analysis Report - Farmland and Forestry Sales Data

2.02 MB

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SLE LRRS Self-Assessment Report

Scottish Land & Estates (SLE's) report from the LRRS Self-Assessment Pilot Project 2020-21

380.20 KB

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SRUC Report - Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms

1.23 MB

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SRUC Report - Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms - Appendices

334.96 KB

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SURF Report - Land and Communities: Beyond the Echo Chambers

This report is the result of a collaboration between Scotland’s Regeneration Forum (SURF) and the Scottish Land Commission (SLC) to consider the practical potential for realising the Scottish Government’s vision of a strong and dynamic relationship between Scotland’s land and its people. In particular, the Commission sought to engage SURF’s experience and networks to explore assets and challenges; and varied partner perspectives in the interlinked complexity of the urban context.

1.19 MB

Good Practice

Savills involvement in Community Engagement

Savills established a way to work with land owners and managers, new to the concepts and processes around engagement, to deliver it effectively making use of the Commission's Protocols and Route Map.

link to Savills involvement in Community Engagement case study
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Scale & Concentration: Investigation into the issues associated with scale and concentration of land ownership in Scotland

Evidence report following an investigation into the impacts of scale and concentration of land ownership in Scotland. The report follows a call for evidence by the Commission last year, for anyone with experience of living or working in parts of Scotland where most of the land is owned by a small number of people, to share their experiences.

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Scale and Concentration: Overview of the evidence report and recommendations

Short summary of the Investigation into the issues associated with Large Scale and Concentrated Land Ownership in Scotland and the Recommendations to Scottish Ministers.

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Scale and Concentration: Report to Ministers - Review of scale and concentration of land ownership

This report sets out the Commission’s conclusions and recommendations from our review into issues associated with scale and concentration of land ownership in Scotland.

293.78 KB

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Scale and Concentration: Research review - The effects associated with concentrated and large scale land ownership in Scotland

A review by SRUC of previous literature and a descriptive analysis of Scotland’s current pattern of landownership.

809.18 KB

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Scale and Concentration: Response from Ministers

98.73 KB

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Scotland's Rural Land Market - Insights Report

Scotland's Rural Land Market Insights Report, April 2022

750.18 KB

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Scottish Futures Trust - Enabling Infrastructure - Interim Report

844.49 KB

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Scottish Land Commission Framework Agreement

Framework Agreement

276.67 KB

  • Housing & Development

Scottish Land Commission's Response to NPF4 Call for Ideas

297.74 KB

Housing & Development

Shettleston Growing Project

Shettleston Growing Project have used reclaimed contaminated land to provide an urban garden for the community

link to Shettleston Growing Project case study
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Strategic Environmental Assessment Pre-screening Strategic Plan 2020-23

144.81 KB

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Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021

Scottish Land Commission Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021

1.44 MB

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Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021 GAELIC

Scottish Land Commission Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021 GAELIC

1.41 MB

  • Corporate

Strategic Plan 2020-23

Scottish Land Commission Strategic Plan 2020-23

3.59 MB

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Summary - Legislative proposals to address the impact of Scotland's concentration of land ownership

233.70 KB

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  • Housing & Development

Support for Community Engagement

444.06 KB

  • Tenant Farming

TFC Final Amnesty Agreement Guidance

105.49 KB

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TFC Form 1 - Intention to Relinquish

110.96 KB

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TFC Form 2 - Relinquishment Acceptance

62.92 KB

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TFC Guidance on Fixed Equipment

2.41 MB

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TFC Guidance on Relinquishment and Assignation - Information Provision for Notice of Intent to Relinquish

585.33 KB

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TFC Guide to General Statutory Compliance on Agricultural Holdings

705.98 KB

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TFC Interim Guide to Securing Tradeable Carbon Credits in an Agricultural Holdings Situation

159.18 KB

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TFC Panel of Valuers

110.34 KB

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Templates for Transparency of Ownership

219.37 KB

  • Tenant Farming

Tenants' Improvements Amnesty - Supplementary Guidance

178.93 KB

  • Housing & Development

The Case for Change: A New Approach to Assessing the Benefits of the Productive Reuse of Land

Scotland needs a new approach to assessing the benefits of the reuse of land

1.27 MB

  • Housing & Development

The Role of Land in Enabling New Housing Supply in Rural Scotland

8.95 MB

  • Housing & Development

The Role of Land in Enabling New Housing Supply in Rural Scotland - Savills Toolkit

137.52 KB

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  • Housing & Development

The Value of Early Engagement in Planning

2.34 MB

  • Good Practice
  • Housing & Development

The Value of Early Engagement in Planning Report Summary

425.45 KB

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The range, nature and applicability of funding models to support community land ownership

696.02 KB

Good Practice

Timber Eiggxport

Community landowners Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust have worked with Scottish Forestry to design a Forest Plan which includes a phased programme of harvesting over 20 years to make sustainable use of the forest.

link to Timber Eiggxport case study
Good Practice

Timber Transport Forum – Developing consultation and engagement guidance

The Timber Transport Forum was one of the first sectors to develop its own guidance on engaging communities in decisions relating to land, as recommended by Scottish Government.

link to Timber Transport Forum – Developing consultation and engagement guidance case study
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  • Corporate

Understanding Land and Inequality

The role of land in contributing to sustainable and economic growth in Scotland

192.45 KB

Good Practice

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn – Galson Estate Trust

Established in 2007 to manage the Galson Estate on the Isle of Lewis for and on behalf of the community.

link to Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn – Galson Estate Trust case study
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Vacant and Derelict Land Recommendations - Ministerial Response

167.44 KB

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Vacant and Derelict Land Report - Ryden

1.49 MB

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Vacant and Derelict Land Report - Ryden - Appendix 1

27.72 KB

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Vacant and Derelict Land Report - Ryden - Appendix 2 (part a)

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Vacant and Derelict Land Report - Ryden - Appendix 2 (part b)

826.29 KB

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Vacant and Derelict Land Report - Ryden - Appendix 2 (part c)

1.20 MB

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Vacant and Derelict Land Report - Ryden - Appendix 3

446.61 KB

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Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce Statement of Intent

2.03 MB

  • Housing & Development

Vacant and Derelict Land in Scotland: Assessing the Impact of Vacant and Derelict Land on Communities

This report explores the harmful effects of vacant and derelict land (VDL) on communities and proposes an analytical framework which could be used by local authorities to assess the harmful impact of VDL sites.

848.50 KB

Housing & Development

Village Farm Site, Tarland

The landowner, the MacRobert Trust, and the Tarland Community Housing project team have been working in partnership to unlock this stalled site.

link to Village Farm Site, Tarland case study
Ownership

West Harris Trust

The West Harris Trust was formed in 2008 to purchase three crofting estates belonging to the Scottish Government.

link to West Harris Trust case study
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What is happening in Scotland's Rural Land Market - A summary

Summary of what is happening in Scotland's rural land market and why

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Housing & Development

Winchburgh: building long term community relationships

The Winchburgh project is a substantial extension to a small existing settlement in West Lothian where the lead developer has put great emphasis on community engagement.

link to Winchburgh: building long term community relationships case study
Housing & Development

Wishawhill Wood Pump Track, Wishaw

Creating a world-class community facility on a vacant and derelict site providing a place where young people are welcome and are free to learn new biking skills

link to Wishawhill Wood Pump Track, Wishaw case study
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Young Scot report - Young People and their Local Urban Areas

Young Scot and Scottish Land Commission established a partnership to explore how young people understand, perceive and have a connection with their local urban areas. This partnership used a co-design approach to explore insights from a broad range of young people about land and buildings in cities and towns.

1.98 MB