Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey 2022

The Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey (SVDLS) is a data collection undertaken to establish the extent and state of vacant and derelict land in Scotland.

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2. Summary of Findings

  • The amount of derelict and urban vacant land fell by 3% in 2022. This continued the downward trend. The amount has fallen by more than a quarter (27%) since 2016.
  • Sites reused for housing - more sites were brought back into use for residential (including housing) purposes than any other use (140 of the 262 reused sites).
  • Living within 500 metres of derelict land - in Scotland 27% of the population were estimated to live within 500 metres of a derelict site, though there are regional differences. In Na h-Eileanan Siar none of the population lives within 500 metres of a derelict site whilst this is 69% in North Lanarkshire.
  • Funding sources for land reuse - 374 hectares of derelict or urban vacant land was brought back into use in 2022. Where the funding source was known 11% used public sector funding only, 50% used private sector funding only and 21% involved a mix of public and private funding. The Scottish Government's Vacant and Derelict Land Fund made either a partial or full contribution to the removal of 14 hectares.



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