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Community Asset Transfer

What is a Community Asset Transfer (CAT)?

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, section 5 sets out a clear process for community groups and voluntary organisations interested in taking on responsibility for buildings, land or public facilities. This can be done through a short or long-term lease or full ownership.

Buildings or land may include: 

  • public halls
  • town halls
  • community centres
  • parks and play areas

Our aim is to transform public buildings into successful community assets with social, economic and environmental benefits for local people.

Community Asset Transfer

Community Asset Transfer Policy

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CAT and PR Report 2020-21

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How can you get involved in this process?

There are some criteria that you must meet before you apply:

  • you must be a constituted community group
  • you will need a reasonably well established sustainable business plan
  • you must be able to demonstrate the community benefit from the CAT

Other criteria may be required for full ownership of the asset rather than a lease.

For information and advice please email the community partnership team at communitymatters@northlan.gov.uk

Further information and advice

Development Trust Association for Scotland

Provides information, advice and support. DTAS seeks to contibute to building independent and resilient communities.

Community Ownership Support Service

Funded by the Scottish Government to support community groups and organisations in Scotland interested in taking on public land or buildings. 

Scottish Government

Provides details and guidance on section 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Community Asset Transfer.

Community Woodlands Association

Supports community woodland groups to achieve their aspirations by providing advice and assistance. Promoting community woodlands.

Community Energy Scotland

Can provide help for communities on green energy and energy conservation.

Council Asset Register

Find out more about land and property on the Council Asset Register.

Page last updated:
30 Sep 2021

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