A great article about whether Scottish land reform is working… https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/lesley-riddoch-a-modern-highland-clearance-is-being-hidden-behind-a-population-boom-in-inverness-1-4986325
An Aberdeen community have used new community buyout powers to claim a piece of private land as their own, becoming the first in Northern Scotland to utilise the Urban Right to Buy scheme. The land, that was once a bowls club, will be used as a community market garden and cafe. http://www.scottishcommunityalliance.org.uk/articles/2720/
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
I hope we can one day make a video this compelling about land rights in England! Right to Roam from Patagonia on Vimeo.
(both updates via the excellent Senscot weekly briefing) When the Community Empowerment Act extended the right to buy to all of Scotland – there was an optimism about what this could mean for communities in our cities. However, news this week that the community buy-out of Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital has been thwarted is a… Continue reading Scottish land reform updates
If you have not had a chance to browse this official Scottish Parliament document about land reform, I highly recommend that you do – http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0045/00451087.pdf Just the introduction spelling out their remit is a beautiful stand alone piece of prose in its own right! I have taken the liberty of copying it below to save… Continue reading The Land of Scotland and the Common Good