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Vacant & Derelict Land report published by Scottish Land Commission

27th August 2019

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:


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Mark Robertson

Mark is Ryden's Managing Partner. He lead's th firm's Managing Group and delivery of the Business Plan.

With his specailist property market research team he also provides an external consultancy service to clients and internal advice to Ryden. He is the leading research authority on Scotland's property markets and has completed more than three hundred property consultancy projects for public and private sector clients over the past 26 years.

Mark's experience includes property market research, economic and market analysis, options appraisals and funding studies. He is editor of the authoritative Scottish Property Review.

External Tutor, Property Investment Appraisal (MSc), Napier University

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