May 15, 2019
How urban landowners engage
When Scottish Government determined that landowners needed to be much more cognisant of community interests when they were taking decisions relating to land, and furthermore that they should engage constructively with these communities before any decisions were made, the common perception was that this was targeted solely at the owners of large rural estates. Not so. Although more complex to determine who owns what land in urban Scotland, the same principle applies. Scottish Land Commission is seeking case studies, reflecting good or bad practice, of how substantial urban landowners engage with their communities.
Scottish Land Commission have published this protocol in support of the Scottish Government’s Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, and in particular the principle that “there should be greater collaboration and community engagement in decisions about land”. The Scottish Land Commission are keen to develop case studies of of where community engagement has been successful or where it has been less so.