Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms and of options for supporting the expansion of community ownership in Scotland

Rob Mc Morran, Anna Lawrence, Jayne Glass, Jon Hollingdale, Annie McKee, Diane Campbell, Malcolm Combe

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherScottish Land Commission
Commissioning bodyScottish Land Commission
Number of pages90
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2018

Bibliographical note

The research team would like to thank all of the individuals that gave their time in providing their views and information throughout the course of the project. In particular we would like to thank the scoping interviewees from across a wide range of organisations, who willingly engaged with the project and provided in-depth advice relating to the different pathways to ownership. The willingness of professional intermediaries and non-community landowners to participate was also greatly appreciated as it allowed for a more rounded analysis of key issues and potential solutions. Finally, we would like to offer a special note of thanks to all of the community groups who gave up their time (often in a volunteer capacity), both through interviews and attending the community workshops, to share their experiences and insights, including those used as case studies throughout this report. The research team have developed a much improved understanding of the challenges faced by communities attempting to acquire land or assets and the potential opportunities for future change largely due to the input from all of these research participants.


  • community ownership
  • community right to buy
  • public asset transfer
  • negotiated sales
  • land reform
  • Scotland

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