Community owners are the heartbeat of their communities

We know the process of community ownership can be tricky, but truly rewarding for communities to build the future they want. We have established this hub to support community groups in the targeted area of Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. Our aim is to encourage and enable community ownership of land and buildings here.

Community ownership should be done on the communities’ terms, giving them control and empowering them to build the futures they want

There are different routes to community ownership, including:

  • Private negotiated sales
  • Community right to buy
  • Asset transfer from public bodies

This video and this chart give an overview of the process.

We  help communities in a number of ways, including:

  • Answering any questions about land and community ownership. If we can’t help you ourselves, we will put you in touch with the right person to answer your question.
  • Providing support and guidance to communities looking to progress with private negotiated sales and tips on Community Right to Buy.
  • Organising funding for specialist help open to communities in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley area. Our first topic was community engagement support, and we have a tailored support framework as well.
  • Putting existing and aspiring community owners in touch with community owners across Scotland.
  • Conducting research and working out solutions to community ownership challenges.
  • Promoting community ownership, and advocating on behalf of community owners.

We work as part of a network of organisations that support community ownership. In particular, the Scottish Government Community Land Team provide guidance on Community Right to Buy, and DTAS COSS provides support services for asset transfer from public bodies. Details of other key organisations are here.

This is a pilot project and if successful will be rolled out to other areas.

Be the heartbeat of your community.

Resources for Communities