Scottish Land Commission

Land matters because we all use and need it. The way we own and use land influences many parts of our lives: the price and availability of housing, our access to greenspace, effects of derelict sites in the heart of our communities, our ability to meet our climate targets, and whether people have the means and confidence to build businesses and communities.

We are making more of Scotland’s land by stimulating fresh thinking, supporting change on the ground and making recommendations to Scottish Ministers, where appropriate, for legislative and policy change across our three priority areas of work: reforming land rights, embedding responsible land ownership and use, and reforming land markets.

Researcher Senior researcher
Scottish Land Commission
As part of our work on reforming land markets, SLC intends to commission a suitably experienced contractor to examine the benefits, barriers, and options around improving transparency to improve the ways in which we bring forward land for housing.   This research will review existing evidence, and conduct primary qualitative research with key stakeholders, to examine the Commission’s recommendation to “Introduce a new transparency obligation that would require options agreements and conditional contracts over land to be disclosed on a public register.” The research will explore the benefits to implementing this recommendation, as well as any barriers, before suggesting options for a public record of options agreements and conditional contracts on raw land.   The objectives of this work are: To understand what level of information is available on land optioned for housing development in Scotland. To set out the case for transparency...
Project Type:
Consulting - Tender opportunity
Researcher Senior researcher
Scottish Land Commission
The overarching objective of this work is to provide evidence of how the SAFER intervention affects market structure and operation, particularly where promoting diversity, or limiting concentration, of land ownership. In particular, the work should assess: the success or failure of SAFER interventions in achieving its stated aims impacts on the market (land values, volume of transactions, concentration of ownership etc) behaviour and culture change arising from the influence of SAFER legal and political acceptability of SAFER any lessons relevant to the Scottish context It is anticipated that this would be a desk-based exercise, potentially supplemented with a few key interviews with relevant experts, drawing upon qualitative and quantitative data, and from academic and grey literature. However, the Commission is open to alternative suggestions and bidders should therefore consider if there are any innovative methods of achieving the objectives of the work....
Project Type:
Consulting - Tender opportunity