Crown Estate Scotland is looking for feedback on a proposed new scheme to allow local
authorities, development trusts and other bodies to manage land and property.
Under the scheme, communities and councils across Scotland will be able to apply
to manage assets to help them deliver projects that boost local economies or the
The scheme - which will stress the importance of applicants consulting locally especially
with existing tenants - aims to give communities more say and influence over what
happens in their area.
Crown Estate Scotland manages the seabed, shoreline, rural estates, forestry and
Local communities can already manage land and property through initiatives such as
mooring associations and leasing or buying – recent examples include projects at
The proposed asset management pilot scheme - will provide opportunities for communities
and local authorities to become even more involved in managing assets.
Amanda Bryan, Crown Estate Scotland chair, said: “The new pilot scheme will offer
communities and local authorities the opportunity to manage areas of foreshore, seabed
or parts of our rural estates. It’s an exciting development which will empower communities
and give them a real say over what happens in their local area.
“We’ve already spoken to a wide range of people and organisations across Scotland
and are now seeking feedback on our draft scheme to ensure the ‘nut and bolts’ are
right so we can make this a success for everyone involved.”
Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “I want it to be possible, on a case-by-case
basis, for assets across Scotland to be managed and developed by local communities
and councils, while recognising that some assets may need to continue being managed
at a national level.
“That is why I would encourage any interested party to comment on the proposed pilot
process that aims to empower local communities and which will inform the implementation
of the proposed powers in the Scottish Crown Estate Bill.”
Consultation over community management of coastline and seabed