Resources: Getting Started

Asset Transfer Route Map

This new PDF has been developed by Community Ownership Support Service (COSS). It is used by COSS advisors to identify where you are in the process, as laid down in Part 5; Asset Transfer, in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. It helps to guide you through the steps along the way to achieving your goals.  Side one of the poster shows the four phases of the asset transfer process and signposts each phase of the journey.  Side two gives more detail and links to relevant information for each phase.

PDF icon Asset transfer route map web.pdf

Community Right to Buy Route Map

A Community Right to Buy (CRtB) is a pre-emptive right to buy land (or property) for communities throughout Scotland under Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. It provides for those communities, who successfully register a community interest in land, to have the frst option to buy when the registered land is offered for sale.
PDF icon Community Right to buy.pdf

Negotiated Sales Route Map

Negotiated sales of privately owned land and buildings.
 
PDF icon Negotiated sale route map.pdf

Crofting Community Right to Buy route map

The Crofting Community Right to Buy (CCRtB) in Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (“the Act”) creates a setting in which a Crofting Community Body (CCB), representing an identifed crofting community, may acquire eligible croft land (including "fshing rights and / or mineral rights (except mineral rights to oil, coal, gas, gold or silver))
PDF icon Crofting Community Right to buy.pdf

Participation Requests Guidance Notes

Part 3 of the Act 2015 on Participation Requests is focussed on extending and improving community participation in improving outcomes for their communities. It is the legislation that enables communities to request to participate in decisions and processes which are aimed at improving outcomes.

File Participation Requests Guidance.docx

Asset Transfer Guidance for Community Transfer Bodies

This guidance has been developed for both relevant authorities and community bodies.  Relevant authorities are required to have regard to guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers in carrying out their functions in relation to asset transfer.

There is more guidance for community transfer bodies on completing the request form, and more for relevant authorities on the acknowledgement and notices they have to issue following receipt of a request.

PDF icon Asset Transfer CTB Guidance Notes.pdf

Guide for Landowners by the Community Land Advisory Service

A guide for public and private landowners considering use of their land for community growing. 

PDF icon Guide for Landowners

Common Good - A Quick Guide

Properly accounted for and properly managed, Scotland’s Common Good can be used to revitalise communities.

Read this Quick Guide and join the campaign to identify, document and restore your common heritage.

PDF icon Common Good - A Quick Guide

Scotland Community Gardens Starter Pack

If your group is looking to take on property to develop a growing project or community garden, The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has published a Community Gardens Starter Pack specifically for Scottish groups. It can be downloaded below.

PDF icon Scotland Community Gardens Starter Pack

Keystone

Keystone is a quality award scheme that gives information and support to people who run village halls and community buildings. It will help you to make sense of legislation and regulation and put systems in place to keep things running smoothly allowing you to concentrate on providing the best facilities possible.

PDF icon Keystone

Managing Risks in Asset Transfer

Very useful guide that can be used to meet the concerns of both local authorities and communities

PDF icon Managing Risks in Asset Transfer

Pillars of the Community: the transfer of Local Authority Heritage Assets

Some helpful tips if you are looking to take on a heritage building

PDF icon Pillars of the Community

To Have and To Hold

A comprehensive and useful guide to asset development for community and social enterprises, but useful for Local Authorities too.

Produced by the Development Trusts Association (DTA).

PDF icon To Have and To Hold

Skills Self-Assessment Framework

This self-assessment framework covers a range of skills that a community organisation will require to successfully take on and develop an asset for their community. 

Microsoft Office document icon Skills Self-Assessment Framework