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Vacant & Derelict Land report published by Scottish Land Commission

The Scottish Land Commission (SLC) and SEPA appointed Ryden to provide support to the Vacant and Derelict Land Task Force.

The Task Force has aimed to achieve a substantial reduction in the amount of long term vacant and derelict land in Scotland.

Ryden’s detailed report provides new and greater understanding of Scotland’s vacant and derelict land. It examines the longevity of the sites and the relationship with economic, market, planning and infrastructure factors.

The report identifies a clear challenge with particular long term-vacant derelict sites and sets out clear recommendations for the Task Force to deliver a range of productive land uses spanning housing, economic and community uses.

Dr Mark Robertson of Ryden, author of the report, said "Scotland has some real successes in dealing with legacy vacant and derelict sites, but a better understanding of the barriers to re-using sites and new solutions are required if we are to accelerate re-use and deal with the harmful legacies of past land uses."

A copy of the report is available:

For a summary of the work watch Dr Mark Robertson in this short film: