The total amount of derelict and urban vacant land in Scotland decreased by 253 hectares from the previous year, to 12,435 hectares in 2016, data from the 2016 Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey shows.
The most common new use for derelict and urban vacant land was residential, with 62% (199 hectares) of the land that was brought back into use since the previous survey reclaimed for this purpose.
“It is good to see a reduction in the amount of land in Scotland which is either derelict or vacant in urban areas,” said Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart. “Last year over 320 hectares of land – the equivalent of about 450 football pitches – were brought back in to use, with almost two thirds of that for residential purposes. However, challenges remain as there was also 165 hectares of new derelict and urban vacant land reported.
“Our Vacant and Derelict Land Fund has been supporting local areas since 2005 to fund the reuse of land where it is needed most. Since 2005 around 150,000 residential properties in Dundee, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire have seen sites within less than half a kilometre of their home brought back into use.”
Of the 165 hectares of new derelict and urban vacant land reported by local authorities, the most common previous land uses were related to manufacturing or other general industrial uses, which accounted for 75 hectares or 45% of new land reported.