Vacant and Derelict Land and Property Strategy Consultation

Vacant and derelict land and property can blight communities, harm wellbeing, and limit opportunities. They can disempower communities from developing Local Place Plans that make full use of local assets.

By prioritising their reuse and protecting our existing natural capital and environment, we can ensure that future investment goes into areas where it is needed the most, supporting shared ambitions for place, housing, community regeneration, town centres, and the principle of 20-minute neighbourhoods.

Why we are consulting

Dumfries and Galloway Council is developing a Vacant and Derelict Land and Property Strategy and are seeking your views to help shape its content and find out about how these abandoned sites impact on your day to day life. Un-used land and buildings can be a blight on local communities, but could offer a productive use. We want to hear from you about how the Council should work with property owners, local people, and organisations, to find long term solutions to these problem sites.

Have your say

If you would like a paper version of the questionnaire posted to you for completion, please either call 01387 273150 or email

The consultation will be open until the 22 July 2022.

What we'll do with the results

The results will be used to support the development of the Vacant and Derelict Land and Property Strategy, including developing an action plan to find long term uses for these un-used locations.

Community Conversations

We are also planning to hold community conversations across the region to highlight some of the findings so far, and to discuss the emerging themes and topics. If you would like to register to attend one of the events below, then please send your name, postcode, the session you would like to participate in, and if relevant, the group you are representing to

25 July 2022

Session 1 - Ashwood House, Stranraer - 11am-12:30pm
Session 2 - Daar Road Offices, Kirkcudbright - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Session 3 - Online via Microsoft Teams - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

26 July 2022

Session 4 - Annan Town Hall - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Session 5 - Municipal Chambers, Dumfries - 2:pm - 3:30pm

Places are limited for the in-person events due to room capacity, however, should there be significant interest then we will look to convene additional sessions where possible.


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