In 2021 new legislation came into force which allows eligible bodies to apply for transfer or delegation of management functions for Scottish Crown Estate assets. The focus is on empowering communities and local bodies in Scotland to manage certain assets. For example, this could include local authorities managing port areas, or a community group managing an area of foreshore. The aim is to give those closely connected to an asset, and therefore well placed to make positive decisions, a direct say in how to maintain and enhance their local resources. The first transfer and delegation application round ran from 1 November 2021 to 2 May 2022, with applications handled by Marine Scotland. This round has ended, and expressions of interest are not currently being invited but you can find out more and see if there is an active application in your area.
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