Scottish Land Commission



Webinar: The Role of Land in Rural Housing Supply

What is the role of land in enabling, or preventing, the development of new homes in rural Scotland? What opportunities should we be making more of? And what changes need to be made to adequately satisfy housing need in rural communities, both for those who currently live there, and to allow for sustainable growth?

Published 5 August 2020

Scottish Land Commission releases interim report into Regional Land Use Partnerships

The Scottish Land Commission has published its interim report which will form the basis of advice to the Scottish Government on the establishment of new Regional Land Use Partnerships.

Published 17 July 2020

Scottish Land Commission calls for new models of rural housing delivery

The business model used by most large UK private housebuilders cannot deliver the necessary level of rural housing in Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 14 July 2020

'Wellbeing' central to assessing business case for developing vacant or derelict land

Guidance published this week by the Scottish Land Commission argues that wellbeing should be a central consideration when assessing the business case for developing vacant or derelict land.

Published 10 July 2020

New protocols launched for trusts and charities that own land

Two new protocols that set out practical expectations for private trusts and charities owning land in Scotland have been published today by the Scottish Land Commission.

Published 24 June 2020

Scottish Land Commission calls for fundamental reform to land for housing and development model

Scotland’s reliance on the speculative private development model will not help to achieve the level of new homes needed or help build more affordable homes and the whole system requires fundamental reform, according to the Scottish Land Commission.

Published 12 June 2020

Megan MacInnes: Shaping our futures - communities and the Right to Buy for Sustainable Development

With the Community Right to Buy for Sustainable Development coming in to place last weekend, land commissioner Megan MacInnes looks at what it means for communities and for land reform.

Published 28 April 2020

International approach to land ownership holds lessons for Scotland

Scotland should look to international examples of land ownership, use, and management to inform its land reform programme, the Scottish Land Commission has said.

Published 8 April 2020

Harriet Donald joins Scottish Land Commission to drive forward Regional Land Use Partnerships

Experienced land manager Harriet Donald has joined the Scottish Land Commission to work on proposals for Regional Land Use Partnerships across Scotland.

Published 11 February 2020

Surveys reveal landowners and communities both value engagement

Knowledge about land ownership and plans for land use differ between rural and urban communities, a Scottish Land Commission survey has revealed.

Published 15 January 2020

Land Settlement Act Centenary sees growing momentum for change

As Scotland marks the centenary of the Land Settlement Act, the Scottish Land Commission has urged that more reform to land ownership and land use is needed, to make the most of Scotland’s land for the benefit of all.

Published 18 December 2019

Shona Glenn: The impact of vacant and derelict land

Shona Glenn, head of policy and research at the Scottish Land Commission, shares her vision for tackling Scotland’s legacy of vacant and derelict land to reduce the negative impact that these sites are having on our urban populations.

Published 11 December 2019

Scottish Land Commission launches good practice guide to support land reform

The Scottish Land Commission has today launched a programme of good practice support, backed by a new online resource to help promote good practice in relation to land rights and responsibilities.

Published 3 December 2019

Kathie Pollard: Action on blight

Kathie Pollard, policy officer at the Scottish Land Commission, explores how a new framework can help decision-makers assess the impact of vacant and derelict land (VDL) sites on their local communities.

Published 19 November 2019

Hamish Trench: Regional land use partnerships

With the Scottish Land Commission being asked to advise the Scottish Government on the establishment of regional land use partnerships, chief executive Hamish Trench looks at what the body will need to consider.

Published 13 November 2019