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Community ownership of land and buildings: lessons and policy implications Scotland & the NorthHow asset transfer and land reform are expanding the role of communities

Thursday 16th November, 2017 |
Radisson Blu, Leeds

Communities across England, Wales and Scotland are finding new approaches to tackling issues in housing, energy, jobs and growing food.

From community-run shops and pubs to community allotments; renewable energy projects to affordable housing developments, communities have addressed pressing social concerns to ensure viable - and vibrant - futures.

In Scotland, land reform has enabled communities to develop local responses to local needs and preserve local assets. This government support for communities seeking to expand their role has a track record going back several decades.

 The questions we will consider at this event include:

* What can we learn from existing community initiatives, which will influence future policies on community engagement in land management?

* What are the lessons for England and Wales from the radical approach to land reform in Scotland?

* Can community involvement unlock wider benefits be from England’s land and buildings?


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Registration and Refreshments


Malcolm Lynch, Partner at Wrigleys Solicitors

Community ownership of land and buildings: an overview and a case study

Chair: Malcolm Lynch, Partner at Wrigleys Solicitors


Case studies involving taking land and other assets in a form of community ownership

  • Andrew Bibby, Secretary at Calder Valley Community Land Trust on the potential of community land trusts

Community Energy

Chair: Peter Parker, Partner at Wrigleys Solicitors


The government's Community Energy Strategy proposed that by 2015 it will be the norm for communities to be offered the opportunity of some level of ownership of new, commercially developed onshore renewable projects"

Is this working?  The current state of play for shared ownership of energy schemes - working with developers and landowners.

  • Anne Chapman, Co-director, Morecambe Bay Renewals on opportunities and barriers to community owned renewables in Lancashire

Buffet and networking

Scottish Land Reform - the lessons for England from Community Land Scotland

Chair: Chas Ball


Community controlled land and assets - the policy and legal context that now exists in Scotland.

How landowners have responded to the challenge, working with Scottish Land and Estates and new partnership approaches between communities and landowners.

  • Peter Peacock, Policy Director, Community Land Scotland

Question Time

Chair: Malcolm Lynch, Partner at Wrigleys Solicitors

  • Mark Walton, Director at Shared Assests

  • Peter Peacock, Policy Director at CLS

  • Dorothy Fairburn, Director North at Country Land and Business Association

Closing Remarks


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