Right to buy land to further sustainable development (part 5)

This right to buy came into force in April 2020. It allows compliant community groups the opportunity to apply for the right to buy land to further sustainable development and includes salmon fishing, mineral rights and, significantly, this new right to buy allows a community body (which is subject to statutory regulation) to nominate a third party purchaser to take title to the ground being acquired. It should be noted that this latest 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.

We have produced guidance on this right to buy, and associated forms - also see below. However, anyone who is considering submitting an application should contact our Community Land Team in the first instance for further guidance.


The following forms should only be used for groups applying under Part 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 the Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development:  




Community Land Team
Q Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD

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