Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Community empowerment and land reform in Scotland

Land reform and community empowerment: Scotland

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

In 2015, the Scottish Parliament passed the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. This provides a range of new powers for communities to get involved in the ownership of land and other assets, in decision-making, and in securing better outcomes through public services. These powers include community right to buy, asset transfer requests and participation requests.

Among the provisions of the Act:

Part 2: Places Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) on a statutory footing and imposes duties on them, and statutory community planning partners around the planning and delivery of local outcomes, and the involvement of community bodies at all stages of community planning.

Part 4: Introduces a new provision for community bodies to purchase land which is abandoned, neglected or causing harm to the environmental wellbeing of the community, where the owner is not willing to sell that land.  This is if the purchase is in the public interest and compatible with the achievement of sustainable development of the land.

Part 5: Provides community bodies with a right to request to purchase, lease, manage or use land and buildings belonging to local authorities, Scottish public bodies or Scottish Ministers. 

Please refer to the  Scottish Government for further information.

Scottish Government: Community Empowerment and Engagement

 

Scottish Natural Heritage has a web page that describes the main points of the act in more detail.

SNH: Community Empowerment Act

 

Environmental News Blog

  • My Year at NetRegs, A reflection on my time as an intern with the NetRegs team at SEPA. An overview of all the activities and projects I had the opportunity to participate in during my Bright Green Environmental Placement.

  • A day with Hydrology, SEPA's hydrometry unit is responsible for around 400 gauging stations and 350 rainfall monitoring sites. River gauging stations are important as they allow river levels to be monitored so flood events can be predicted and flood warnings sent out.

NetRegs on NetRegs on youTube

View our latest videos & subscribe to our channel.

NetRegs Update Newsletter

Free monthly email newsletter with environmental updates for Northern Ireland and Scotland

Sign up for free today!

Permits

NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms