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Helping communities manage land and property

Our new local pilots scheme has been designed to encourage local authorities, development trusts and other bodies to manage Scottish Crown Estate land and property in their local area.

We hope that this scheme – and the projects that emerge from it – will enable us to work with others to test different methods of managing assets, empowering communities and giving people more say in decisions that impact the land, coastline and sea near where they live. We are keen to hear of innovative proposals that will win the support of local people including, importantly, existing tenants, and that will use Scottish Crown Estate assets to enhance sustainable development

One size will not fit all. We welcome proposals offering management at different scales, in varying geographical locations and utilising a range of assets. Some applicants may wish to take on full delegated management with all the duties, obligations and administration that entails, whilst others will prefer enhanced local decision-making without taking on the burden of full management. 

Following engagement and consultation with community organisations, local authorities and others on the structure and design of the scheme (see here for a summary of consultation responses), the Stage One Application process is now open. The deadline for Stage One applications is August 16 2018 - details of how to apply including the criteria, process and guidance can be found here. Applications can be completed via our online form, or by emailing

Our team will work with applicants to help them develop their proposals. Please do contact us if you have any queries or questions or if you just want to talk through an idea. Please email Local Pilots Manager Tom Mallows or call him on 0131 260 6070.

Please read our Local Pilots Scheme Privacy Notice here.