Community landownership in Scotland is generally understood as ownership of title to land and/or assets by a community body, linked to a defined geographic community. It is a relatively distinct category of landownership, regarded as different to public ownership of land (e.g. by government agencies and non-departmental public bodies). In contrast, the interpretation of 'community' or 'communal' ownership of land varies in other countries and is often less clearly distinguished from public ownership. Municipal ownership –a form of state ownership where the land is owned by municipal bodies (e.g. communes) at different scales, is also relevant due to the high level of community control. Communal or municipal rights to land are relatively common globally and across much of Europe, with a growing, statutory recognition of rural communities as collective owners of land. This research was commissioned to provide an overview of relevant forms of community, communal and municipal landownership in other countries, and suggest how lessons from international experiences could be applicable in Scotland.
|Place of Publication||Inverness|
|Commissioning body||Scottish Land Commission|
|Number of pages||115|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Apr 2020|
- community ownership
- land reform
- Scottish Land Commission