Consultation launched on asset transfer regulations

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Scottish Rural Network

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on asset transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 provides a right for community bodies to request the transfer of land and buildings belonging to public authorities. The Act sets out a framework for the asset transfer scheme and gives the Scottish Ministers powers to make regulations to fill in the detail of the procedures to be followed.

The consultation seeks views on draft regulations for making and responding to requests, for review or appeal of decisions, and on registers of land.  It also provides an indication of guidance and best practice to help relevant authorities develop or update their procedures.

The Scottish Government has worked with a Steering Group with experience of asset transfer, from public authorities and community organisations, to develop these draft regulations.  They are now seeking wider views on the proposed procedures from relevant authorities, who will be required to implement them, and community bodies who may wish to use them.

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to take part in the consultation.

The consultation runs from 17 March to 20 June 2016.