Welcome for new powers to sell derelict sites

Government plans to help councils clear eyesore land

Ambition we have it

We are welcoming the Scottish Government's statement that councils will be given more powers to force the sale of derelict sites.

Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP has confirmed that councils are to be empowered to use compulsory purchase orders to force the sale at auction of "eyesore" derelict sites and vacant land.

The Minister confirmed that the necessary orders will be introduced by 2021 and would enable councils to target empty homes, abandoned shops, derelict hotels and gap sites if they are seen to be causing harm to local communities, such as by becoming a focus of anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Harry Curran, Convener of our Planning Committee said: "This is a very welcome development by the Scottish Government, as it offers practical help to local authorities to regenerate their communities and bring new life to derelict sites.

"We have a strong vision to develop our town centres and communities and transform brownfield sites to create new facilities for residents and opportunities for investment. This can be frustrated by landowners holding on to vacant sites with no plans to redevelop them or, perhaps, hoping for an unrealistic price for the land.

"If we can take action to free up these sites and put them to better use, for the benefit of local people, this would be a significant step forward for all councils in Scotland."

Proposals will now be drawn up by the Scottish Land Commission.

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