Seminar: The new community rights to buy land, acquire public assets, and to participate in decision making by public bodies

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Westwater Advocates, in conjunction with the Legal Services Agency (LSA), is organising a half-day seminar on the new community rights to buy land, acquire public assets, and to participate in decision making by public bodies.

The seminar will take place on the morning of 24 October 2016 in Glasgow. It will focus on the extension of the Scottish Government’s land reform legislation across Scotland, as a result of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

This legislation has major significance for local government and other public bodies, NGOs and community organisations, and landowners across both rural and urban Scotland.

Speakers at the seminar include experts from Westwater Advocates’ specialist group on property, planning and environmental law, and also from Community Land Scotland.

The full list of seminar topics and speakers is as follows:

  1. Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt QC: The extended community right to buy land: the impact of the new legislation
  2. Mark Lazarowicz, Advocate: Asset transfers from public bodies to the community – the new powers available to community bodies and how it will work in practice
  3. David Anderson, Advocate: The new rights for local communities to participate in decision making by local councils and other public bodies
  4. Peter Peacock, Policy Director, Community Land Scotland: Practical issues in using the community right to buy
  5. Brian Crook, Advocate: The new legislation on common good fund property, promotion of supporter involvement in football clubs, and the management of allotments

Click here for further details of the programme and booking information.