A news item was published on the Scottish Land Commission website today, headed “Community ownership should become routine option for communities across Scotland, says new report“. This story introduce a report (PDF) by the Commission to the Scottish Government, entitled Community Ownership and Community Right to Buy. The news story notes explains that this six-page report makes some recommendations to Scottish Ministers for the future of community rights of acquisition; “in particular, that community ownership should become a routine option for communities, so it is planned and proactive rather than reactive.”
In turn, that short report builds on a longer commissioned piece of work, namely the Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms and of options for supporting the expansion of community ownership in Scotland produced by a team led by Dr Rob Mc Morran from Scotland’s Rural College. I was lucky to be part of that team: I’m the name tagged on at the end of the full citation, to reflect the fact I was hanging on to various coattails when others did a load of work. It is available here (PDF).
I will let that Report I was involved in speak for itself. This post is just to flag the resource to people. I hope it is useful: it certainly seems the Commission has used it as a springboard for further development.
The report should be cited as: Mc Morran, R., Lawrence, A., Glass, J., Hollingdale, J., McKee, A., Campbell, D. and Combe, M. 2018. Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms and of options for supporting the expansion of community ownership in Scotland. Scottish Land Commission, Commissioned Report
Since I’m here, I will remind you that this is the second bit of work for the Commission I have been involved in. That is digested here.