Asset Transfer Request legislation (Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015) creates a right for community bodies to request to buy, lease, manage or occupy land or buildings owned or leased by public authorities.
As a public authority, Highlands and Islands Enterprise has a duty to respond to Asset Transfer Requests.
We have written Guidance Notes to assist community bodies make an Asset Transfer Request and have published a list of all the property we own or lease in our Property Register. Our guidance has been developed with regards to the Guidance for Relevant Authorities published by Scottish Government.
We develop and maintain a diverse property portfolio. In addition to the offices we use for our own purposes we hold industrial and office buildings together with commercial development sites. As we regularly lease and sell our property, community bodies are encouraged to enquire about the status of an asset before making an Asset Transfer Request.
For more information or an informal discussion, please contact:
Community Assets Sector Lead
0300 013 5078