Applications under Community Right to Buy: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

1) The number of community right to buy applications under the Community Right to Buy (Abandoned, Neglected or Detrimental Land) (Scotland) Regulations 2018 since it was introduced in June last year.

2) The number of those applications that have been refused, the number approved, and the number still being processed.

3) Details of all applications made in the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Argyll and Bute, Western Isles, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands local authority areas, including whether they have been approved, rejected, or remain under consideration.


Applications for this particular Community Right to Buy are made under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, which was amended by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to include this new right as Part 3A of the 2003 Act.

In answer to your query, I can confirm that, as at 1st May 2019, there have been no applications under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 Part 3A (Community Right to Buy Abandoned, Neglected or Detrimental Land)

For future reference, any applications, whether approved, rejected or under consideration under Part 3A, will appear on the Register of Applications by Community Bodies to Buy Land, which is kept up to date by Registers of Scotland. Access to this register is free and open to the public. In addition, there is a similar register for all applications received under Part 2 of the same Act, which is also free to access and open to the public. I have included links to both register for your convenience.

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