Disused and Derelict Land Use and Assets – 26th November 2019, Glasgow

Disused and Derelict Land Use and Assets 2019

Engagement, Innovation and Potential

November 26th 2019, The Studios, Glasgow


Scotland currently has approximately 11,000 hectares of vacant and derelict land across 3,700 sites. This is roughly the equivalent to twice the size of Dundee or over 9,000 football pitches. A register of disused property was set up 30 years ago and many projects have re-used buildings and land productively, but the total area has not changed significantly.

This vacant and derelict land affects our communities and their potential. These sites can have a negative impact on an area, causing social, economic and environmental harm. However these sites also present opportunities for long term regeneration, renewal, growth, revived communities and reduced inequalities.

It is key to Scotland’s future that this land is brought into use, which is why agencies such as The Scottish Land Commission and SEPA have set up a Task Force to take strategic responsibility for vacant and derelict land. This will act as a catalyst for addressing long-term land vacancy and dereliction across Scotland.

This event will explore the nature and potential of these land assets, ownership and management options, finance, funding, regulation, planning, engagement, policy, opportunities and the economic, social and environmental benefits of bringing this land into use.

This event is an opportunity for relevant organisation, such as within central government, local government, RSLs, social enterprises, community organisations, charities, renewable energy providers, developers, architects, planners, funders, infrastructure providers, employers, academics, skills providers, funders, environmental organisations and anyone involved in the built environment, sustainability, economic development and more to engage with peers to tackle issues, create partnerships, to develop innovative strategies and solutions with other thought leaders while engaging with new potential partners, suppliers and clients.

Below is the agenda for the event which will be updated regularly, you can reserve your place here or you can email us for further information at events@impactengagement.co.uk.

Event Agenda

11:00 Introduction from the Chair – Daniel McKendry, Principal Landscape Architect, Architecture and Design Scotland

11:05 Session 1 – Policy and Potential

Understanding the current policy landscape – Dr Simon Cuthbert-Kerr, Head of Land Reform Unit, Scottish Government 

Realising the potential of disused and derelict land; The role of the Task Force – Hamish Trench, Chief Executive, The Scottish Land Commission

Maximising benefit through design and innovation

Finding support to take forward energy opportunities – Chris Morris, Manager, Local Energy Scotland

Table Discussions and Brain Storming


12:45 Networking Lunch

13:30 Session 2 – Engagement, ownership and practicalities

Engagement models and practices – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS

Land and communities; benefits beyond ownership – Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

Ownership options; what are the long-term advantages of Trusts – Ewan Hall, Chief Executive, The Land Trust

Securing funding and understanding it’s impact – Tony Crosbie, Scottish Land Fund Operations Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Table Discussions and Brain Storming


15:10 Closing remarks from The Chair

15:20 Close
Delegate places for this event are a limited and and we do have a small number of ‘early-bird’ places available for just £99. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

You can book your place by clicking here, or using the button below.

If you are interested in sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, please contact us at events@impactengagement.co.uk.