Buying land and going green
September 10, 2020
New guidance is available for community groups interested in buying land and buildings for the purpose of sustainable development.
The right to buy land to further sustainable development (part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016) came into force in April 2020. It enables community groups which meet certain criteria to apply to buy land to further sustainable development (see this link for a definition of sustainable development).
This includes salmon fishing and mineral rights, and also enables a community body to nominate a third party purchaser to take title to the ground being acquired. In this instance, the right right to buy is an absolute right to buy, meaning a community organisation may force the sale of land even where the owner of the land is not contemplating a sale.
The team at the Scottish Government who oversee the community right to buy land and buildings has told us that they are always happy to discuss anything related to this with community groups, owners, or anyone else who has an interest.