Consultation on secondary legislation proposals relating to Part 3A of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 – the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land as introduced by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Closed 20 Jun 2016

Opened 21 Mar 2016

Feedback updated 21 Feb 2017

We asked

Your views on secondary legislation on the Community Right to Buy Abandoned, Neglected and Detrimental Land.  The regulations covered:


You said

We received 51 responses to the consultation and the majority of respondants were broadly happy with our proposals.  Most had some comments on the practical details of the implementation of the regulations.

The main concerns were addressed in the analysis of consultation responses document

We did

We will draft regulations and give stakeholders the opportunity for further comments in a series of engagement events during the summer of 2017.

Results updated 20 Sep 2016


Published responses

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The consultation seeks comments and feedback on policy proposals relating to certain key aspects of forthcoming secondary legislation for Part 3A of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land.

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Why your views matter

The new provisions in Part 3A of the 2003 Act were introduced by Part 4 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Secondary legislation will be drafted following this consultation to allow Part 3A of the 2003 Act to be commenced.

What happens next

Following this consultation secondary legislation will be laid before parliament. Once the secondary legislation has passed the parliamentary process Part 3A of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 will be commenced.


  • Communities and Third Sector