1 Background to the Survey
1.1 This bulletin presents a summary of results from the 2011 Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey (SVDLS). It is the 20th survey in a series including the first pilot study in 1988, the first completed survey in 1990, and enhanced surveys conducted annually since 1993. The survey is the only national data source for vacant and derelict land.
1.2 The survey is a co-operative effort between local authorities and the Scottish Government. Table E in the Annex shows annual participation rates by local authorities since 1996.
1.3 During the collection of the 2011 survey, previous survey returns for the years 2005 to 2010 were revised to remove sites that had been taken out of the survey for definitional reasons. Revised data received from local authorities for the period 2005 - 2010 highlighted in the 2011 survey returns has also been included in this publication. This process allows for improved time series analysis within this bulletin. Further information is available in section A4 of the Annex, along with unrevised historical data for 1996 to 2004.
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