LAND reform could bring as big a change to Scotland’s towns and cities as it has brought to parts of the Highlands and islands, according to a new study.

The report from the umbrella group Community Land Scotland points out that urban community land ownership is still in its infancy – so far there are only two local communities that own land. A further 17 own or are buying buildings, and 13 more are trying to buy land. But the study says: “It has the potential to be as transformative for towns and cities as it continues to be for rural communities. Urban community land ownership has the potential to create places that people want and can afford to make their home in the long term.”

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