Impact Evaluation of the Community Right to Buy - Research Finding

Summary evaluation of the impact of Community Right To Buy legislation on communities in rural Scotland from 2004 to 2014.

Factors enabling outcomes

Local context and concern about decline and/or potential improvement (of key assets or the community generally) have been critical inputs to the CRtB among case study examples. Common inputs (or "enablers") that have played an important role in helping to achieve outcomes have emerged from the research:

  • One of the earliest steps in the CRtB process, the formation of community bodies, has been key to providing a focal point for communities and giving communities a voice that they may not have otherwise had.
  • In certain cases the presence of key individuals has been an important enabler to achieving outcomes. Individuals that have been particularly active in the community body have helped motivate others to participate in the process.
  • Advice and guidance from support agencies have played an important role in the process. Advice from Scottish Government, in particular, has helped to develop knowledge and skills relating to the CRtB process.
  • Where land/assets have been purchased, a willing seller has helped make the process easier and has helped make a successful purchase more likely. Where this is absent, the chance of a successful purchase is less likely. This can be demotivating for communities.


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