Community Land Scotland (CLS) represents existing and aspiring communities of landowners to reflect their views in promoting changes to legislation and to empower communities, while acting as a point of contact for any communities in Scotland who wish to find out more about community land ownership. CLS represents Scotland’s new generation of community land owners. Together, members are managing some 500,000 acres of land, home to some 25,000 people. CLS has a vision of more communities reaping the benefits of community land ownership. The organization works to inspire aspirant communities and influence the public policies that can help them. CLS believes that there cannot be a socially just Scotland without tackling land ownership.
The key objectives are to:
- Facilitate the exchange of information, enabling groups to learn from each others’ experience and successes;
- Promote the growing importance of the community landowning sector in Scotland;
- Reform The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 to simplify and strengthen the power of communities;
- Encourage community groups to register an interest in land;
- Work with communities to ease the process of communities taking ownership of public land.