Community asset transfers

Council land and property could be an ideal resource to help local communities realise their plans and aspirations. We've developed a procedure to transfer assets to community organisations wishing to take them over for the benefit of their community.

Get in touch

The first step is to have a chat with us about your ideas. We'll explain more about the process and give you advice on submitting an application. Contact us to discuss your plans:

After discussion we would suggest that you express an interest in an asset transfer . This step is optional but it allows us to help you develop a strong application and iron out any issues before you put in the substantial effort needed to make a full asset transfer request .

You can also get in touch to tell us what you think of the community asset transfer information we provide online. We welcome your feedback on what you like or don't like about our content as well as any other suggestions for improving things.

Finding suitable assets

A Community Transfer Body  can request any council building or land you consider suitable for your goals.

The inclusion of a property or land in the register doesn't guarantee that an asset transfer request would be approved. There may also be exclusions on the transfer of assets held in Trust or Common Good too.

Help and support

We have ward officers in your local area who can offer you support and guidance throughout the process.

Visit the Scotland's Towns Partnership Funder-Finder page which provides a useful signpost to funders; some of these funders offer support to Community Asset Transfer bodies.

Community Transfer Bodies requesting Council assets at less than best consideration should be aware that the Council will not normally offer further financial support or make major improvements to an asset prior to transfer.

Groups should consider their sources of funding for both capital and revenue costs. It is advised that discussions with potential funders take place at an early stage of the CAT application, and this should be in progress or in place around the time when the application is considered. Some sources of funding can be found in the Funding and Grants section of this website; in addition Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway will advise groups around funding.

The Scottish Government has published guidance on community asset transfers , including an easy read summary, and a range of local and national organisations can also help:

Requests/applications we've received

We publish details of the community asset transfer requests that we receive:

Have your say

If you would like to comment on any of the applications listed, please respond to the Notice of Request via the included contact details.

Anyone making representation on a Community Asset transfer application, Stage 1 or Stage 2, you should be aware of the following:

Dumfries and Galloway Council wants to allow people a say on potential Community Asset Transfers at any time during the process.

People can make representation at any stage during an application. However, those making representation should be aware that they may be commenting at the early stage of the process.

Applicants will generally only have carried out full community engagement and developed their business plans at a Stage 2 application.

When a Stage 2 is validated, these plans will be posted on the Community Asset Transfer website.

If you are commenting on a Stage 1 application, you should be aware that you are just commenting on the general idea as there has often been little engagement and there is no detailed business plan yet in place.

Stage 2 Applications

Silvercraigs Caravan Park, Kirkcudbright

Portpatrick Public Hall

Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society

Portpatrick Community Development Trust

1 Cresswell Gardens

Old School, Dryfe Road, Lockerbie

Stage 1 Applications

Portpatrick Public Hall

1 Cresswell Gardens

Wigtown Bowling Club

Kirkcudbright Tennis Courts

Old Lockerbie Primary School Field

The Midsteeple, Dumfries

Stranraer Clocktower Building

Langlands School, Dumfries

Noblehill Community Centre, Dumfries

Former Dalbeattie Primary School

British Linen Bank Building, Dumfries

Greensands (Old Swimming Pool Land), Dumfries

North West Resource Centre

Unit 4 and Outdoor Space for Play Area

Unit 3, Part Unit 2, Selected Outside Areas

Maxwell Memorial Hall, Kirkgunzeon

Blairmount Park, Newton Stewart

Gartshore Park, Kirkcudbright

Penninghame Centre

Kirkcolm Village Hall

Kirkcudbright Sea Angling Club Office

Carlingwark Activity Centre and Lochside Caravan Site, Castle Douglas

Old Registration Offices, Gretna

Rockfield, Underhill, Dalry

Further information on the community asset transfer applications we've received will be included in a report that is published each year and sets out:

  • how many asset transfer requests were received
  • how many requests were agreed or refused
  • whether agreed requests resulted in transfer of ownership, lease or conferral of other rights
  • how many appeals have been allowed, dismissed or resulted in a decision being reversed or changed
  • how many reviewed decisions have been confirmed, modified or substituted by a different decision
  • what we've done to promote the use of asset transfer requests and support community transfer bodies to make requests.

The 2018/19 report was agreed by our Communities Committee on Tuesday 11 June 2019:

Previous Community Asset Transfers

For a full list of previous transfers, visit the Community asset transfer requests received page.

View some examples of successful Community Asset Transfers below;

Closeburn

Langholm

Lockerbie

Whithorn

Page last updated: 08/10/2019
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