Scotland currently has approximately 11,600 hectares of vacant and derelict land across 3,700 sites. This is roughly the equivalent to twice the size of Dundee or over 9,000 football pitches. A register of disused property was set up 30 years ago and many projects have re-used buildings and land productively, but the total area has not changed significantly.

This vacant and derelict land affects our communities and their potential. These sites can have a negative impact on an area, causing social, economic and environmental harm. However these sites also present opportunities for long term regeneration, renewal, growth, revived communities and reduced inequalities.

It is key to Scotland’s future that this land is brought into use, which is why agencies such as The Scottish Land Commission and SEPA have set up a Task Force to take strategic responsibility for vacant and derelict land. This will act as a catalyst for addressing long-term land vacancy and dereliction across Scotland.

This event will explore the nature and potential of these land assets, ownership and management options, finance, funding, regulation, planning, engagement, policy, opportunities and the economic, social and environmental benefits of bringing this land into use.

Event Agenda

11:00 Introduction from the Chair

11:05 Session 1 – Policy and Potential

Understanding the current policy landscape

Realising the potential of disused and derelict land; The role of the Task Force – Hamish Trench, Chief Executive, The Scottish Land Commission

Maximising benefit through design and innovation

Understanding the environmental and economic benefits for communities – Chris Morris, Manager, Local Energy Scotland

Table Discussions and Brain Storming


12:45 Networking Lunch

13:30 Session 2 – Engagement, ownership and practicalities

Engagement models and practices – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS

TBC – Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

Ownership options; what are the long-term advantages of Trusts – Ewan Hall, Chief Executive, The Land Trust

Securing funding and understanding it’s impact – Tony Crosbie, Scottish Land Fund Operations Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Table Discussions and Brain Storming


15:10 Closing remarks from The Chair

15:20 Close

When and Where

Date and Time: 26th November, 11am-3.30pm

Venue: The Studios, Glasgow

Booking and Further Information

Delegate places for this event are a limited  and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

You can book your place by clicking here . Further information is available here.

SURF Members are entitled to a 50% discount on booking costs. Please email to arrange this.

Please note this is not a SURF event if you are enquiring about anything other than SURF member discount please email

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