Finding and Securing Land for Community Growing

Training event, Edinburgh, 29 March 2012. Use the link at the bottom of the page to book.

Are you experiencing difficulties in trying to find and secure land for your community growing project?

Are you facing obstacles in the planning system and uphill battles negotiating with landowners and agreeing on the terms of your lease? 

The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) has been established to provide support and advice to community groups and landowners to secure additional land for community gardening and to facilitate negotiations between community groups and landowners.

Our Top Tips training session seeks to draw on the experiences of planning, legal and land specialists to advice on these issues. The training will be participative and will draw on real life issues and experiences of the participants, using case studies and examples of good practice.

Through participative and interactive training, the day aims to look at Top Tips for:

1.    Thinking creatively and strategically to find land

2.    The next steps once a potential piece of land has been found

3.    Looking at, interpreting and getting involved in the development plans and policies of your local Council area

4.    Approach your council – both councillors and planners

5.    Obtaining the support of your neighbours

6.    Approaching landowners

7.    Securing a lease for the land 


Sheila Hobbs, Advisor with the CLAS

Sheila has a degree in Environmental Planning and has more than 20 years of experience working as a Chartered Town Planner working both for local planning authorities and the private sector, including establishing her own planning consultancy before joining CLAS. She is experienced in negotiating with a wide range of organisations on numerous issues relating to various types of land use.

Morag Angus, Advisor with the CLAS

Morag has been a Chartered Surveyor for more than twenty years, working for both local and national government agencies, beginning in the private sector as a Land Surveyor and moving on to re-qualify as property surveyor.  She has acted for Landlords, Tenants, local and national government and a range of small community groups, negotiating for, valuing and managing land and buildings across Scotland.

Other speakers awaiting confirmation. 

The exact programme for the day will depend on participants’ needs and level of understanding. Please tell about your land-related issue when you reserve your place so we can structure the session around matters that concern you.

Members (paying members of FCFCG and Trellis)£ 20.00
Non-members from a community or therapeutic garden£ 35.00
Individuals who are not from a community or therapeutic garden£ 70.00
March 29th, 2012 10:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
Redhall Walled Garden
97 Lanark Road
EH14 2LZ
United Kingdom

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