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RoS Launches New Register for Community Body Applications

Registers of Scotland (RoS) has launched a new register that will record all applications of community bodies to buy land or property that is abandoned, neglected or causing harm to the environmental wellbeing of the community, where the owner is not willing to sell that land. 

The Register of Applications by Community Bodies to Buy Land (RoACBL) register is the 20th register to be maintained by RoS. It will reflect all applications by eligible community bodies to obtain consent from Scottish Ministers to a purchase of land or property that has been deemed by Scottish Ministers to be abandoned or neglected.

Community bodies can apply if the purchase is in the public interest and compatible with the achievement of sustainable development of the land. Applications can only be made when a community body has already attempted to buy the land or property from the owner, and failed.

All decisions relating to applications will be taken solely by Scottish Ministers, while RoS will ensure that the register is maintained and available for public inspection. The register will be free to access.

“Scotland became home to the world’s oldest land register in 1617, and I’m delighted that, over 400 years later, we have been entrusted with the guardianship of our 20th public register,” commented Jennifer Henderson, the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland. “The launch of ScotLIS last year, the strides we are making towards completion of the Land Register, and the launch of the RoACBL today, all indicate that we remain at the forefront of transparency, and ensuring that property and land are protected for the good of Scotland’s people.”

“The new register will be an important resource for community bodies, solicitors, land owners, and for those with an interest in land reform,” she said.

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