Crown Estate Scotland to pilot local management

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Crown Estate Scotland has committed to launch a new scheme that will enable local authorities, development trusts and other bodies to apply to manage assets in their local area.

The business, which manages land and property including seabed, foreshore, rural estates and more, has appointed Argyll-based Sarah Brown to help develop new ways of giving local communities more control over decisions regarding Crown Estate Scotland assets. The aim is to trial different models and assess which ones work best in delivering financial, social and environmental benefits.

Sarah will lead on establishing a set of criteria so organisations can apply to manage assets locally, and will also ensure there is a robust process in place to gauge the success of projects that go ahead. A key part of Sarah’s role will be consulting with coastal and rural community representatives and other organisations and individuals who may be impacted.

The commitment to trial local management is in the business’s three-year corporate plan, launched this week, and updates and further information will be available at

Ronnie Quinn, Chief Executive of Crown Estate Scotland, said, “We’ve made a clear commitment to enable local authorities, development trusts and other community bodies to pilot local management of rural, coastal and seabed assets.

“This is likely to involve different models of local management taking place over the next few years. It’s an exciting way to explore and test how communities can have more say over how Crown land and property is managed – and even before specific projects are given the go ahead, we will make sure that those impacted have a chance to share their views.

Read the full article here and see the Crown Estate info box for more information.

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