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Scottish Vacant and Derelict land Survey: Uses of the data

The SVDLS statistics report on the extent and state of urban vacant and derelict land in Scotland and the amount of land that has been reclaimed on an annual basis.

Published:
24 Jan 2014
Scottish Vacant and Derelict land Survey: Uses of the data

Uses of the data: Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Statistics

The SVDLS statistics report on the extent and state of urban vacant and derelict land in Scotland and the amount of land that has been reclaimed on an annual basis.  The main purpose of the statistics is to provide a national data source to inform the programming of rehabilitation, planning and reuse of urban vacant and derelict sites

The publication is released each January and summarises the information for the previous year and provides time series trends and local authority statistics.  A site register and thematic maps are published along with the statistics.

The statistics are used to inform development and evaluation of rehabilitation and reuse of vacant and derelict land policy by central and local government. Main uses are:

  1. Provide the evidence base for monitoring the extent and state of urban vacant and derelict land, the remediation of vacant and derelict land and progress in bringing it into re-use. The statistics are also used by the Scottish Government to allocate and monitor the impact of the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund. The VDLF is one of three elements of the Capital Investment Fund which provides support for physical development such as land remediation, enabling infrastructure, and support for town centres.
  2. Informing Statutory Documents – the statistics provide evidence for developing the Local Development Plan, Local Housing Strategy and Strategic Housing Investment Plan.  The SVDLS provides evidence for identifying the provision of land for the housing component of the development plan.
  1. Land Remediation relief – the Scottish Government feed into the UK Governments’ land remediation relief, which looks at providing incentives for the remediation of brownfield land.
  2. Regeneration – the site register is used by the Urban Regeneration Companies to identify sites for regeneration. In addition it has been used in research papers, such as ‘Recession And Regeneration: The Impact Of The Economic Downturn On The Delivery Of Physical Regeneration’ (an internal discussion document).
  3. Non-domestic rates – evidence to feed into the discussion on potential income generated from vacant and derelict land becoming subject to non-domestic business rates.
  4. National Brownfield Forum – this is a UK forum (jointly chaired between DCLG and DeFRA), looking at the remediation of brownfield land with a focus on high level policy issues.
  5. Environmental Industries Commission – the Minister presents a range of information annually to this Commission, including statistics on vacant and derelict land and progress towards bringing this into re-use.
  1. The statistics provide evidence to respond to questions from elected members and managers, and the media and external stakeholders.
  2. Housing and Regeneration Outcomes Framework – Total amount of vacant and derelict land is one of the Performance Indicators within the ‘Sustainable Communities’ theme.  Information on the Framework and Performance Indicators is available at the following link: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/reform/HARO

Official statistics are a tool used in decision making both inside and outside government, and for this tool to be effective it must be designed to meet the needs of users. If you have any contributions to this inventory to improve our knowledge of the ways in which the Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Statistics are used, they are very welcome. Please provide any comments on the uses you have made of these statistics and any suggestions for their improvement to planningstatistics@gov.scot.

 January 2014

Communities Analytical Services