In line with its 2020 One Millions Acre target, the Scottish Government has published the Estimate of Community Owned Land in Scotland 2017 publication. The publication presents the area of land in community ownership, the number of land parcels/assets in community ownership and the number of community groups that own land parcels/assets.
The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly launched a Local Governance Review, which will make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run. The review will involve hearing from communities all across the country to get a clear understanding of the type of changes that are needed, and how these can be made to happen.
The winners of the 2017 SURF Awards were announced on 7th of December in Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel and saw the Ulva Ferry Housing project on the Isle of Mull take home the Housing Award. DTA Scotland member Mull & Iona Community Trust was a partner in the delivery of this innovative project which is tackling depopulation and economic decline.
Crown Estate Scotland has committed to launch a new scheme that will enable local authorities, development trusts and other bodies to apply to manage assets in their local area.