New rights for communities to buy land and acquire public assets
Monday 29th January, 2018. Venue: Riddles Court, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh
More than 80 people attended this seminar, making it a very successful event. Scottish Legal News carried a report after the event, here.
Some photos from the event:
0930 Registration & tea/coffee
0945 Overview of the new rights for communities to buy land and acquire public assets. The extension across Scotland of the community right to buy land under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Case law and how the new right works in practice.
Mark Lazarowicz, Advocate, Terra Firma Chambers
1015 Case study 1: using the extended community right to buy: Ian Cooke will talk about the experience of ‘Action Porty.’ Ian is the Director of Development Trusts Association Scotland. He is a key member of ‘Action Porty’, whose community buy out of Bellfield Church has been the first successful bid under the recently extended ‘Community Right to Buy’.
1045 The new community right to request asset transfer. The new legislation gives a right to a wide range of community bodies to request public bodies in Scotland to transfer their assets to the community. Details of the legislation, how requests can be submitted, and the principles which public bodies are required to apply when considering requests will be discussed.
Brian Crook, Advocate, Terra Firma Chambers
1130 Break for tea/coffee
1145 Case study 2: a community’s experience of an unsuccessful right to buy application. Akiko Kobayashi. Akiko is a Director of the Marchmont & Sciennes Development Trust, which drew up an ambitious proposal to acquire Edinburgh’s former Royal Sick Kids Hospital under the extended community right to buy provisions of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The experience of that request; lessons for the future.
1215 Responding to requests for asset transfer. The implications for public authorities. The appeal and review process. Protecting the public interest.
David Anderson, Advocate, Westwater Advocates
1245 Promoting community land ownership. Practical issues and advice in making applications under the community right to buy land. Lindsay Chalmers, Development Manager, Community Land Scotland
The event was supported by Scottish Legal News, and the Community Ownership Support Service of Development Trusts Association Scotland.