Published: 20th Aug 2019

Sectors across Scotland should act to bring derelict land back into productive use and prevent future sites from being abandoned, a new taskforce has said. The Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce said in a new statement of intent that Scotland should co-ordinate its priorities for action on unused land, making use of its data on these sites to better promote opportunities to re-use them. The task force, set up last year by the Scottish Land Commission and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said Scotland should also change its regulatory, policy and finance systems to make the most out of vacant land, and embed a ‘socially responsible’ corporate culture to prevent future sites from being abandoned. Steve Dunlop, chairman of the Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce, said: ‘The Taskforce was created to tackle the persistent challenge of derelict land in Scotland and by focusing on these four key actions we … (To read the full article, subscribe below)