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What is Community Asset Transfer?

Community Asset Transfer (CAT) involves the transfer of the responsibility for an asset from the Council to a community group or voluntary organisation. This can be done through either a transfer of management responsibility, short or long term lease, or through the transfer of outright ownership.

What is our policy on Community Asset Transfer?

The Council's Community Asset Transfer Policy has been developed to improve the way we work in partnership with local organisations. It aims to assist communities to be more sustainable and to create alternative ways of delivering services.

The policy recognises that transferring community assets can be a valuable tool in empowering communities. Where Community Transfer Bodies (CTBs) have demonstrated that they have the capacity and satisfy the assessment criteria, asset transfer can provide a platform to create locally responsive solutions to community needs.

The Asset transfer element of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 will help to empower CTBs through the transfer of land and buildings, and by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them. Different parts of the Act will come into force at different times. For more information about the Act you may wish to visit the Scottish Community Development Centre for a briefing that explains the provisions of the Act. It sets out some of the implications and opportunities for community development, community organisations and community planning.

The Act sets out how a community group can ask to buy, lease, manage or occupy land or buildings owned by public sector bodies. Public sector bodies must publish and maintain a list of assets that they own or lease. Regulations and guidance have now been published by Scottish Government to implement asset transfer under the Community Empowerment Act.  This aspect of the legislation came into force on 23 January 2017.

What assets will be considered suitable for transfer?

The assets may include but not be limited to community centres, local halls and play areas. Each application for transfer will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Each public authority is required to publish a register of all their assets. The asset register for Glasgow City Council is available spreadsheet icon here [521kb] however a hard copy is available on request. The Scottish Government has set out here (section 7.9) the types of land that need not be included in relevant authorities' registers.

If a transfer is going to involve any new building or change the use of an existing building or property then it is likely that the work will need planning permission.  The City Development Plan sets the policies for considering all new development and should be viewed to investigate whether a development is likely to be acceptable.  Alternatively you can contact Planning with a query.

Further information

For further information please see our Questions and Answers or How to apply.

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