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S5W-10725: Richard Leonard (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many communities have (a) registered an interest in and (b) acquired land each year under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, also broken down by how much funding it has made available to support these communities and how much of this was used.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 30 August 2017

The number of communities that have registered an interest under the Community Right to Buy legislation per year is shown in the following table:

Calendar Year

No. of communities bodies who registered an interest

2004 (from 15-6-04)

8

2005

14

2006

12

2007

13

2008

18

2009

6

2010

9

2011

10

2012

13

2013

8

2014

7

2015

8

2016

11

2017

7

 

 

Total

144

Notes

  • In the first year (2004) the data is from the date of commencement.

  • The figures for 2017 are as at 17 August 2017.

  • The ‘Total’ does not take into account that some communities registered interests in more than one year.

  • Currently, there are 27 applications which have been approved and that are awaiting the owner disposing of the asset.

A total of 19 community bodies have acquired land under the Community Right to Buy legislation, totalling 21,072.02 Ha (52,070.77 acres). The details are shown in the following table:

 

 

 

Name of Community Body

Area of land (Ha)

Area of land (Acres)

Purchase date

Crossgates Community Woodland

14.87

36.74

24-05-2005

Assynt Foundation

4861.80

12013.77

14-07-2005

Assynt Foundation

41.07

101.49

14-07-2005

Assynt Foundation

14909.25

36841.56

14-07-2005

Silverburn Community Limited

0.08

0.20

10-10-2005

Neilston Development Trust

0.08

0.20

24-11-2006

Comrie Development Trust

35.78

88.41

14-09-2007

Benbecula Sport & Leisure Community Company

12.10

29.90

31-03-2010

Bute Community Land Company

701.70

1733.94

23-07-2010

Camuscross Community Initiative

1.05

2.59

26-10-2010

Catrine Community Trust

0.20

0.49

10-06-2011

Machrihanish Airbase Community Company

409.00

1010.66

11-05-2012

Isle of Jura Development Trust

0.02

0.05

22-03-2013

Coigach Community Company Ltd

0.16

0.40

05-04-2013

Covesea Lighthouse Community Company Limited

0.62

1.53

05-04-2013

Mull of Galloway Trust

16.00

39.54

04-07-2013

Johnstonebridge Centre and Community Development Trust

0.81

2.00

17-01-2014

Sunart Community Company

0.01

0.02

07-04-2014

Culbokie Community Trust Limited

0.5

1.23

27-05-2015

Newburgh Community Trust

25.92

64.04

30-09-2015

Gallan Head Community Trust

41

102.00

29-01-2016

The following table shows the amount of funding the Scottish Government has made available to community groups through the Scottish Land Fund (SLF). These figures do not relate solely to community bodies who have applied to acquire land under the Community Right to Buy legislation as the SLF is open community groups who meet the SLF’s criteria for grant funding. From 2012 to 2016 only rural communities were able to apply for grant funding. From 2016, community groups throughout Scotland could apply for grant funding.

Financial Year

Budget (£million)

Awarded

Comment

2012

1

£788,577

SLF came into operation in June 2012.

2013

2

£2,231,118

 

2014

3

£4,443,696

Includes additional funds made available by the Scottish Government.

2015

3

£3,203,427

Includes additional funds made available by the Scottish Government. Excludes awards subsequently not taken up.

2016

10

£4,429,203

 

2017

10

£1,448,456

Figure relates to current funding decisions to
17-08-17.

Source: BIG Lottery Scotland

Notes

  • These figures relate to the Scottish Land Fund (SLF) only. They do not include SLF running costs.

  • Other Scottish Government grants have-can be accessed by community groups, which are not taken in account in the above figures.

  • The Scottish Government also grant funds organisations to support communities e.g. Community Land Scotland and the Community Ownership Support Service.