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26/05/2016

Derelict mineral sites increase vacant land figures in Scotland

Words: Roger Milne
Glasgow

Latest land use statistics have highlighted a large upward revision in the total amount of derelict land reported for 2014 in Scotland.

The figure has been revised from 8,509 to 10,753 hectares, mainly vecause of the addition of 2,217 hectares of surface coalmining land that became derelict in East Ayrshire following the liquidation of Scottish Coal and ATH Resources in 2013.

Released by Scotland’s chief statistician, the statistics show that the total amount of derelict land in Scotland increased by 2,108 hectares (24 per cent) between 2013 and 2014, from 8,645 hectares to 10,753 hectares. The total amount of derelict and urban vacant land increased by 18 per cent from 11,042 hectares to 13,132 hectares.

Since then the total amount of derelict and urban vacant land has decreased by 458 hectares or 3.5 per cent in 2015.

This reduction was the result of reuse of some sites and the recategorisation of others.

Of the 12,674 hectares of derelict and urban vacant land recorded in the 2015 survey, 2,309 hectares (18 per cent) were classified as urban vacant and 10,365 hectares (82 per cent) were classified as derelict.

East Ayrshire is the local authority with the highest amount of recorded derelict and urban vacant land – 20 per cent of the total in Scotland.

Highland, North Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire have each between 10 and 11 per cent of the total.

Nearly 30 per cent of Scotland’s population is now estimated to live within 500 metres of a derelict site, a slight increase on the previous year.

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