We have a new website go to gov.scot

Disposal of Land by Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations: General Guidance

Listen

ANNEX C EXAMPLE OF THE CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION WHEN MAKING AN ASSESSMENT OF A PROPOSAL TO DISPOSE OF LAND FOR LESS THAN BEST CONSIDERATION THAT CAN REASONABLY BE OBTAINED.

Under Best Value obligations, local authorities are expected to demonstrate sound governance at a strategic, financial and operational level. The following criteria may be of help to a local authority in drawing up their assessment of a proposed disposal at less than the best consideration that can reasonably be obtained. This is a guide only and the local authority will want to determine what is appropriate and proportionate in each case.

1. A plan and/or written description of the site and buildings, its physical characteristics, location and surroundings.

2. Details of the current use of the land.

3. The best consideration that can reasonably be obtained for the interest as assessed by a qualified valuer (i.e. a chartered Member of, or is authorised to practice by, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and the date that this assessment was obtained.

4. Details (where applicable) of the key terms and any restrictions imposed by the authority regarding the disposal, including any clawback provisions.

5. Details about the purchaser: name of the person or organisation, aims and objectives, Board or governance structure, how it is funded and whether charitable status is held etc.

6. An outline of what the purchaser intends to do with the land and whether there has been involvement of local people/service users.

7. A copy of the most recent accounts (if available) or written evidence that the purchaser is financially able to maintain, renovate, etc. the land to be disposed of or leased.

8. Details of the options appraisal and cost benefit analysis carried out by the local authority including any alternative use for the land, (e.g. a copy of the options appraisal report and Committee/Council decision/Minute).

9. Details of the inclusion of the proposed land disposal within the authority's asset management plan.

10. Details of how the disposal at less than best consideration that can reasonably be obtained, will contribute to one or more of the purposes set out in Regulation 4(2) of the Regulations.

11. An indication of the local demand for these services and details of any known opposition or support for the proposal and the measures (if applicable) taken by the authority to deal with the opposition.

12. Confirmation the disposal complies with the European Commission's State aid rules.

13. When using arms length organisations to deliver services, information on the reviews and option appraisals taking account of the COSLA/Accounts Commission Code of Guidance on Funding External Bodies and Following the Public Pound.