Land and Local Government: A SURF People and Sector Connector Gathering


A free half-day SURF event and networking lunch for local authority representatives.

About this event

This event presents an opportunity for local authority officers with responsibilities for any aspect of place-based regeneration to engage in constructive and informed discussion around the themes of land reform and community land ownership.

Land reform is a key policy priority for the Scottish Government, and one that it views as integral to regeneration and sustainable development in rural and urban Scotland. Its previous target of moving one million acres of land into community ownership has been superseded with the more general objective of “normalising” the acquisition of land and buildings by community groups.

Participants will explore, from the perspective of Scottish local government, the opportunities and challenges associated with evolving land reform policy, and the implications for place-based regeneration. SURF is particularly interested in understanding more about the ways in which community land ownership policy mechanisms are viewed and implemented in different parts of Scotland.

Guests will hear about emerging research from a SURF and Scottish Land Commission initiative. They will also have the opportunity to share their local experiences, learn about SURF’s ‘Alliance for Action’ place programme, and networkwith local government colleagues from across Scotland.

The event is free to attend and open to all local government officers in Scotland. It is delivered by SURF with support from the Scottish Government.


9:50am             Tea, coffee & pastries;

10:30am           Welcome & Introduction (SURF);

10:40am           SURF’s Alliance for Action Programme: an overview (SURF);

10:50am           Land Reform in Focus – the policy and practice landscape (Scottish Land Commission);

11:10am           Land and Communities: Beyond the Echo Chambers – outcomes from a SURF & Scottish Land Commission research initiative (SURF);

11:25am           Alliance for Action Case Studies: Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow and Greener Kirkcaldy, Fife

11:40am           Open Discussion – on challenges and opportunities for local government within the evolving land reform policy agenda;

12:20pm           Summing Up and What’s Next (SURF);

12:30pm           Lunch.

Book Your Place

To book your free place, please go to the website here. If you have any queries please contact  Emma Scott (0141 440 6392, [email protected]) or Derek Rankine (0141 440 6393, [email protected]) directly.

Please note that event places are limited to those working in Scottish local government. In the event of excess demand, SURF will maintain a waiting list.