May 30, 2023
Absolute right to buy
Communities are now able to invoke a right to buy land even when the owner doesn’t want to sell. This ‘absolute right to buy’ came into force in 2020 and can be used when a community is able to argue that the purchase is necessary to further the sustainable development of the area. North Queensferry Community Trust argued that the purchase of the Albert Hotel and its restoration as a community hub and pub was vital to the community’s future and judging by the whopping turnout (78%) and even bigger vote in favour (98.7%), so does everyone else.