Scotland, as many know, is quite a few years ahead of England with land reform. The Scottish Land Commission has just published a discussion paper by Peter Peacock about diversifying land ownership which is our recommended reading this week! https://landcommission.gov.scot/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Land-Lines-Land-Ownership-Peter-Peacock-March-2018.pdf
That lost Marion Shoard documentary isn’t so lost anymore:
Facts 69% of land in the UK is owned by 0.6% of the population. UK housing is concentrated on 5% of the country’s land mass. Only 64% of people have a small stake in the 5% of land on which our housing is built. Home and land ownership is in decline. 1/3 of British land… Continue reading Get Your Facts Straight: Land Stats Everyone Should Know
As well as councils, private landowners also often sit on disused land that could be used for public good. Using the template below, you can put pressure on a local landowner to push them into putting their land to good use. Share it widely and do not hesitate in sending that email or letter! Dear… Continue reading Urge Local Landowners to Put Their Land to Good Use
If you and a group of people around you have noticed disused land in your area and you think your council should be acting to do something about here’s how to let them know. Below is a template letter to send to your local councillor to let them know that local land should be used… Continue reading Let Your Council Know: Land Matters
This simple step-by-step guide is designed to help you spot disused land in your area and raise it as an issue with your local council and local land owners – the people with the power to bring it back into use. Spotting disused land is easy to do and can be done be anyone. Currently,… Continue reading DIY Land Spotting: How To
This 1.5hr documentary by Dan and Peter Snow was broadcast in 2006 on the BBC, it is an excellent introduction to land and housing rights, ownership and usage.