The potential for urban land reform in Scotland

Adams, D. (2013) The potential for urban land reform in Scotland. In: AESOP-ACSP Joint Congress, Dublin, Ireland, 15-19 Jul 2013,

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Scottish land reform has been a focus of concerted campaigning for well over a century. The latest legislative measure, the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, has made only modest progress and is now under review. Up to now, land reform has been seen primarily as a rural issue and there remains plenty of scope to address the Scottish land question in a rural context. The focus of this paper, however, is on the urgent need for urban land reform, and specifically to tackle those ownership and valuation constraints that keep urban land vacant by impeding its redevelopment for productive use. Drawing on the property rights literature, the paper argues for innovative and radical responses to Scotland’s urban land problems, involving legislation to introduce a ‘Community Right of Sale’ (CRS), ‘Majority Land Assembly’ (MLA) and ‘Urban Partnership Zone’ (UPZs).

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Professor David
Authors: Adams, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Author
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the author

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