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Dave Thomson

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The short life working group consists of 4 individual workstreams overseen by a steering group.

The workstreams are:

   1.  Benefits of community ownership

Lead by Dr Sarah Skerratt, Head of Land Economy, Environment and Society (LEES) Research Group & Director: Rural Policy Centre, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

This workstream will examine what benefits community ownership provides that leasing, management or other types of community control cannot. As well as producing a summary of these benefits it will also produce a vision and agreed set of principles that will guide the overall 1m acre delivery strategy.

   2.   Identifying and measuring community ownership

Led by Ian Cooke, Director, Development Trusts Association Scotland

This workstream will agree a definition of community to be included in measuring progress towards the 1 million acre target. It will also identify what information is needed and what is currently available to measure this progress. It will then use this information to identify gaps in the available data and make recommendations on how to fill these.

   3.  Supply of land

Led by Alan Laidlaw, Portfolio Manager, Crown Estate

This workstream will consider what the real and perceived barriers are in the public, private and third sectors to making land available for communities to own. It will look at the availability of different types of land for community ownership and how the supply of land available to be transferred into community ownership can be increased. The finding s will be used to inform the 1m acre strategy.

    4.  Supporting demand

Led by Peter Peacock, Community Land Scotland

This workstream will consider how best to undertake a collaborative approach to maximise the expertise and resources available to support demand for community land ownership across the whole of Scotland. It will also consider where possible gaps in support exist and how these can best be filled. The finding s will be used to inform the 1million acre strategy.