The proposed community buyout of Ulva has taken a major step forward after nearly two thirds of residents who voted on the future of the island backed the proposals.
Just six people, including the landowner, live on Ulva but the ballot included residents of Mull who fall under the membership area of the North West Mull Community Woodland Company (NWMCWC) who are leading the buyout plan.
By Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform
Last year was a landmark year for Scotland’s land reform agenda. Our progressive community land ownership policies have delivered huge benefits to communities across the country, and have set us on an ambitious process to transform the relationship between the land and the people of Scotland. Community right to buy, which we expanded through the Community Empowerment Act in 2015 and Land Reform legislation in 2016, has unlocked potential in our urban, rural and island communities giving people a say in their future. Communities now have the right to be involved in community planning and participation requests, and our urban communities have the same rights to buy land as rural communities have enjoyed for the previous 14 years.
In line with its 2020 One Millions Acre target, the Scottish Government has published the Estimate of Community Owned Land in Scotland 2017 publication. The publication presents the area of land in community ownership, the number of land parcels/assets in community ownership and the number of community groups that own land parcels/assets.
The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly launched a Local Governance Review, which will make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run. The review will involve hearing from communities all across the country to get a clear understanding of the type of changes that are needed, and how these can be made to happen.