Part 5 of the Community Empowerment Act introduces a right for community bodies to make requests to all local authorities, Scottish Ministers and a range of public bodies for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of. They can request ownership, lease or other rights as they wish.
The public authorities must transparently assess requests against a specified list of criteria, laid out in the Act, and agree the request unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.
Should such a request be refused, the community group have a right to appeal or to ask for a review of that decision. Please see below some useful links on organisations that will provide information on how to get started and who can help.
Development Trust Association Scotland and Community Ownership Support Service:
For local support on Community Asset Transfer, please contact Colin Melville at Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface on 07534 404848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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