Support & advice:

Community Asset Transfer

Community Asset Transfer (CAT) is a procedure enabling a community organisation to assume control of publicly-owned land or buildings, acknowledging the public benefits associated with the transfer. Find out more below or get in touch with your questions. 

About Community Assest Transfer

The Community Empowerment Act introduced a right for community bodies to make requests to all local authorities, and a range of public bodies for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of. They can request ownership, lease or other rights as they wish.

The public authorities must transparently assess requests against a specified list of criteria, laid out in the Act, and agree the request unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.

Here you will find more information about the process of Community Asset Transfer, links to local eligible assets owned by Aberdeen City Council, useful contacts as well as insight from ACVO’s Development Officer, Sandy Mathers. 

If you have a question about Community Asset Transfer in Aberdeen you can get in touch with Sandy at sandy.mathers@acvo.org.uk

Further information and updates

Useful links for CAT in Aberdeen

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: community transfer bodies' guidance

A step-by-step guide for community bodies on asset transfer as part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 from The Scottish Government

Apply to make a Community Asset Transfer via Community Planning Aberdeen

The application forms required for a Community Asset Transfer in Aberdeen can be downloaded from the Community Planning Partnership website.

Find out more about assets currently owned by Aberdeen City Council which may be eligible for CAT

Below is a link to a list of assets currently owned by Aberdeen City Council, this can give an idea of what is available for Community Assest Transfer

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Useful contacts and how to find out more

If you know the public body that owns the asset they can be contacted at the addresses listed below.

It should also be noted that Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) are the experts in Community Ownership and every group thinking of taking on a community asset should consult them.  They offer excellent training (for community bodies and public bodies) – find out more at dtascommunityownership.org.uk

Aberdeen City Council

NHS Grampian

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Scottish Fire & Rescue

Scottish Natural Heritage

Forestry Commission

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