This Could Be Home

Tax owners of derelict land to build the housing Scotland needs

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What’s the problem?

Scotland is facing a housing crisis. Too many people pay far too much for their homes and the cost of renting keeps going up. Yet wealthy developers are holding on to derelict land that could be used to build hundreds of thousands of new homes.

Owners of derelict land are currently exempt from paying tax on it. That means they can hold on to it for years without paying a penny, while elsewhere, the cost of land keeps going up, pushing house prices and rents ever higher.

What’s the solution?

Scottish Greens want to get the best use out of land, including the 11,000 hectares of vacant and derelict land, sitting unused in Scotland today.

We’re calling on the Scottish Government to tax owners of derelict land and use the taxes raised to build the extra housing that Scotland desperately needs, without building a single home on the greenbelt.

What can you do?

Online

• Sign the petition calling on the Scottish Government to tax derelict land and build the homes Scotland needs

• Take photos of unused land that could be homes and tweet your pics with the hashtag #thiscouldbehome

• Ask your local authority for information on where the derelict land is in your area and who owns it. 

On the streets 

• Hold a street stall on the need to turn our derelict land into homes

• Stage an action on or near derelict land in your community, highlighting that it could be homes

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Latest Campaign Updates

Ministers must loosen their grip on forestry, and encourage more community ownership

24 January, 2017 - 15:39

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (24 Jan) used a Holyrood debate to urge Scottish Ministers to loosen their grip on forestry, and encourage more community, charity and local council ownership.

A third of Scotland’s forestry is owned by Scottish Ministers and managed by the Forestry Commission, with over 90 per cent of the rest owned by landed estates and investors.

Andy said:

Ministers have watered down proposals on Crown Estate revenue

24 November, 2016 - 17:36

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight (24 Nov) expressed concern after the Islands Minister Humza Yousaf confirmed that the Scottish Government has retreated from its plans to give local authorities statutory rights to Crown Estate coastal revenues.

In June last year, the First Minister stated that in light of the devolution of Crown Estate assets, "coastal and island councils will benefit from 100 per cent of the net revenue generated in their area from activities within 12 miles of the shore”.

Legislation needed to stop eviction of tenant farmers

11 November, 2016 - 09:34

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (11 Nov) urged the Scottish Government to bring forward emergency legislation to stop the eviction of tenant farmers across the country.

A number of farmers face losing their homes, land and businesses due to the Supreme Court ruling in 2013 that the Agricultural Holdings Act 2003 - which granted tenant farmers the right to stay on their farm in perpetuity - breached landlords' human rights.

Progress on common land law

23 September, 2016 - 12:43

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today welcomed confirmation that the Scottish Law Commission will consider the repeal of an archaic piece of legislation which allowed landowners to divide and privatise vast swathes of common land.

In January this year Green MSPs lodged amendments to the Land Reform Bill seeking to repeal the Division of Commonties Act 1695, resulting in ministers announcing a review of common land legislation.

Homelessness can happen to anyone

5 September, 2016 - 14:09

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today backed the call from Shelter to tackle levels of homelessness the charity describes as a "national badge of shame".

A poll commissioned by the charity found 54 per cent of Scots believe government could do more to address the problem.