Common good property
Common good property is property owned by the council, which was inherited from one of the former 17 burgh councils situated within Aberdeenshire. Not all former burgh property is common good. Establishing what property is common good can only be determined by researching the fact and circumstances of its acquisition and its subsequent use.
Once a property is established as common good there are certain legal processes that need to be followed when considering change of use, selling or leasing it on the open market or via community asset transfer.
These legal processes are:
- Carry out a statutory consultation with the local community under part 8 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015
- If required, seek approval from the court under section 75 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
View common good property guidance on the Scottish Government website.
Proposed lease of an area of Memorial Park, Laurencekirk
The Memorial Park Group were granted a lease for a period of 19 years and 50 weeks for an area of Memorial Park, Laurencekirk, to allow them to secure grant funding to carry out improvements to the Park for the benefit of the community. As the Memorial Park is Common Good land we are required to consult with the local community on any Lease granted. The consultation was run from 17th May 2021 to 17th July 2021.
Representations to this consultation were considered at Kincardine and Mearns Committee on 16th November 2021. You can view the committee report (pdf 650KB).
Proposed Lease of the Vinery, Airlie Gardens, Banff
The council proposes leasing the property known as The Vinery, Airlie Gardens, Banff, which forms part of the Common Good Lands of Banff and Macduff. The proposed use is to be a community gardening project. View the public notice for the proposed lease of the vinery (pdf 174KB). We are seeking views of members of the local community towards the proposal, with further information and a comments form available in two formats:
- Further information and a comments form (pdf 337KB)
- Further information and a comments form (docx 480KB)
The consultations end on 25th May 2021.
Disposal of common good land – for lease at Banchory Skatepark, Bellfield Park, Banchory
We ran a consultation on the proposal to lease land within Bellfield Park in Banchory for a period not exceeding 25 years. This was to allow Banchory Skatepark Group (BSG) to construct and manage a new skatepark facility. The consultation ran from 11th February to 8th April 2019.