Socially Just Use of Land and Property


Our land is a valuable commodity - even more so after the focus of COP26/27 which have helped to highlight the climate emergency. Coupled with the need for more housing for an ever growing population, means that as a society we need to address these challenges to ensure that we can all benefit from this resource. 



"Making productive use of forgotten places and spaces for the benefit of all"

• Asset Transfers - Community buyouts of public and private land in order to protect the land and ensure it remains of benefit to all. 

• Collaboration with landlords (private and public sector) for the use of vacant premises with rebates or rent reductions for local businesses, social enterprises etc to encouraging a thriving high streets, which ties in to the ethos of ‘20 minute neighbourhoods’.

• Promote ‘Reuse, Repurpose and Reduce’ to reduce the waste going to landfill. 

• Rewilding – increased tree planting, reintroduction of native species and encouraging biodiversity across the variety of regions landscape. 

• Regulation of land rights to ensure more productive use of local land, whilst encouraging an environmental approach.



The Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative has built a socially-owned institution which enables the people of Edinburgh to derive community benefit from an asset which was already in place – the City of Edinburgh Council buildings – while providing green energy to the city’s principal institution – the City of Edinburgh Council.
‐ Drew Murphy, Edinburgh Community Solar Co-op