Empowerment Act: 'Right to buy' abandoned land consultation published

The Scottish Government has published a consultation for the community right to buy (RtB) section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. 

The consultation seeks views on the "abandoned, neglected or detrimental land" aspect of the extended powers given to community organisations.

The 2015 Act extended powers present in the 2003 Land Reform (Scotland) Act, namely giving urban organisations access access to RtB, allowing other types of community organisations access and giving communities the right to buy if land is "without a willing seller, wholly or mainly abandoned or neglected, or the use or management of the land is causing harm to the environmental wellbeing of the local community."

The Consultation Paper outlines some of detail in relation to this abadoned land aspect of community right to buy.

The consultation is open to any individual or organisation in Scotland. It seeks your views on on a number of specific details, including:

  • Land eligibility
  • The process of applications and transfers
  • When community organisation's costs should be reimbursed

You can read the full Consultation Paper here and take the online consultation here. The closing date for responses is 20 June 2016.

SCDC has details of all of the Act's ongoing consultations, as well our detailed briefings, on our dedicated Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act page.