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Community asset transfer

Find information on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and asset transfer process for East Renfrewshire Council.

As a result of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, registered Community Transfer Bodies can now make applications to public authorities to acquire land and property which is not listed for sale. 

Asset transfer has usually only been available for land or buildings which a public authority has decided to dispose of, and has decided is suitable for community use.

The Act puts more power in the hands of communities by allowing them to request whatever publicly held property they believe will be most suitable to deliver their objectives. 

Deciding requests

The council considers a range of factors:

  • the reasons for the request
  • supporting information
  • whether agreeing the request would be likely to promote or improve:
    • economic development
    • regeneration
    • public health
    • social wellbeing
    • environmental wellbeing
  • whether agreeing the request would be likely to reduce inequalities
  • any other benefits
  • the benefits of any alternative proposal
  • other matters that the council considers appropriate


There is a presumption of approval - unless there are reasonable grounds for the council to refuse the request.  The Act and associated guidance does not specify what reasonable grounds for refusal would be - these would depend on the circumstances of each individual case. 

Land and asset toolkit and list

To help community bodies identify assets that may be available through asset transfer, section 94 of the Act requires each relevant authority to establish, maintain and make available a register of land which it owns or leases, "to the best of its knowledge and belief".   

We are developing a user friendly set of web tools to help you identify our land and assets.  The register will be updated on a regular basis.

excel icon Community empowerment property list [71kb]

Asset transfer support

For more information on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 please visit

The Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) run a service called Community Ownership Support Service (COSS).  They are funded directly from the Scottish Government and offer support to help community-based groups in Scotland to take on land or building assets for their community.

Contact details

For more details on asset transfer please contact Customer First on 0141 577 3001 or email




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