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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-18054: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many communities (a) each year and (b) in the last 12 months have (i) registered an interest in acquiring and (ii) acquired land under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, also broken down by how much funding it has made available to support these communities.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 28 August 2018

Table 1. Number of CRtB registrations per year as at 15 August 2018 (legislation came into force on 14 June 2004).

Year

No of Registrations

14-6-04 to 13-6-05

13

14-6-05 to 13-6-06

10

14-6-06 to 13-6-07

28

14-6-07 to 13-6-08

14

14-6-08 to 13-6-09

9

14-6-09 to 13-6-10

6

14-6-10 to 13-6-11

6

14-6-11 to 13-6-12

10

14-6-12 to 13-6-13

13

14-6-13 to 13-6-14

5

14-6-14 to 13-6-15

5

14-6-15 to 13-6-16

9

14-6-16 to 13-6-17

9

14-6-17 to 13-6-18

10

14-6-18 to 13-6-19

 

Total

147

In the last 12 months (August 2017 to August 2018), 10 CRtB registrations have been put in place.

N.B. Registrations refer to applications that were approved by Scottish Ministers.

Table 2. Land purchased using CRtB legislation as at 15 August 2018.

Registration Number

Name of Community Body

Extent Hectares

Extent Acres

Purchase date

CB00006

Crossgates

14.87

36.74

24-05-2005

CB00008

Assynt

4861.80

12013.77

14-07-2005

CB00009

Assynt

41.07

101.49

14-07-2005

CB00010

Assynt

14909.25

36841.56

14-07-2005

CB00014

Silverburn

0.08

0.20

10-10-2005

CB00034

Neilston

0.08

0.20

24-11-2006

CB00043

Comrie

35.78

88.41

14-09-2007

CB00075

Benbecula S&L

12.10

29.90

31-03-2010

CB00111

Bute

701.70

1733.94

23-07-2010

CB00107

Camuscross

1.05

2.59

26-10-2010

CB00115

Catrine

0.20

0.49

10-06-2011

CB00112

Machrihanish

409.00

1010.66

11-05-2012

CB00149

Isle of Jura

0.02

0.05

22-03-2013

CB00140

Coigach

0.16

0.40

05-04-2013

CB00145

Covesea

0.62

1.53

05-04-2013

CB00144

Mull of Galloway

16.00

39.54

04-07-2013

CB00155

Johnstonebridge

0.81

2.00

17-01-2014

CB00150

Sunart

0.01

0.02

07-04-2014

CB00175

Culbokie

0.5

1.23

27-05-2015

CB00082

Newburgh

25.92

64.04

30-09-2015

CB00178

Gallan Head

41

102.00

29-01-2016

CB00202

Action Porty

0.22

0.50

06-09-2017

CB00221

North West Mull

2000

4942.11

21-06-2018

The information above does not include those purchases which progressed using the CRtB legislation, which later withdrew from the process to complete under a negotiated sale.

It should also be noted that not all purchases made through the community right to buy legislation received funding from the Scottish Land Fund

Scottish Land Fund awards

The main source of funding for community land purchases is the Scottish Land Fund (SLF), which supports communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and buildings. There are two funding streams available through the SLF:

Access grants of up to £100,000 to help them develop their ideas for the land and buildings before and after acquisitionAccess grants of up to £1 million to help them take ownership of land and buildings to meet local need and deliver benefits for the whole community.

The SLF budget is shown at Table 3. The amount of funding provided by the SLF is set out at Table 4.

Table 3. SLF budget by year.

Year

Budget

2012- 13

£1m

2013-14

£2m

2014-15

£3m

2015-16

£3m

2016-17

£10m

2017-18

£10m

2018-19

£10m

Table 4. SLF grants awarded in relation to the Community Right to Buy and the Crofting Community Right to Buy (Pairc Trust) – see note below).

Registration Number

Name of Community Body

Extent Hectares

Extent Acres

Purchase date

SLF funding (£)

CB00006

Crossgates

14.87

36.74

24-05-2005

 

CB00008

Assynt

4861.80

12013.77

14-07-2005

 

CB00009

Assynt

41.07

101.49

14-07-2005

 

CB00010

Assynt

14909.3

36841.56

14-07-2005

 

CB00014

Silverburn

0.08

0.20

10-10-2005

 

CB00034

Neilston

0.08

0.20

24-11-2006

 

CB00043

Comrie

35.78

88.41

14-09-2007

 

CB00075

Benbecula S&L

12.10

29.90

31-03-2010

 

CB00111

Bute

701.70

1733.94

23-07-2010

 

CB00107

Camuscross

1.05

2.59

26-10-2010

 

CB00115

Catrine

0.20

0.49

10-06-2011

 

CB00112

Machrihanish

409.00

1010.66

11-05-2012

 

CB00149

Isle of Jura

0.02

0.05

22-03-2013

 

CB00140

Coigach

0.16

0.40

05-04-2013

160,700

CB00145

Covesea

0.62

1.53

05-04-2013

301,000

CB00144

Mull of Galloway

16.00

39.54

04-07-2013

338,500

CB00155

Johnstonebridge

0.81

2.00

17-01-2014

99,437

CB00150

Sunart

0.01

0.02

07-04-2014

 

CB00175

Culbokie

0.5

1.23

27-05-2015

96,691

CB00082

Newburgh

25.92

64.04

30-09-2015

51,925

CB00178

Gallan Head

41

102.00

29-01-2016

200,000

CB00202

Action Porty

0.22

0.50

06-09-2017

647,500

CB00221

North West Mull

2000

4942.11

21-06-2018

4,415,200

Total

    

£6,310,953

The Pairc Trust (Crofting Community Right to Buy) were awarded £250,000 from the SLF in December 2013 to purchase Pairc Estate on the Isle of Lewis.

In the last 12 months (August 2017 to August 2018), the SLF has awarded £4,726,290 to three community groups seeking to purchase land-land assets through the CRtB, though North West Mull Community Woodland Company is the only one to have completed purchase.

The other two groups are Bonnymuir Green Community Trust (Aberdeen) and Boarhills and Dunino Community Trust (Fife) who are due to complete acquisition in August 2018 and September 2018 respectively.

These entries above do not include those purchases which progressed using the CRtB legislation, which later withdrew from the process to complete under a negotiated sale.

Those entries without a figure for SLF funding is due to; the SLF not being in existence at that time (i.e. before June 2012), or the community group did not access SLF funding.