Development Trusts Association Scotland

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Development Trusts Association Scotland
Founded 2001
Type Charity
  • Edinburgh
Area served
Key people
Director: Ian Cooke. Chairman: Alex Walker

Development Trusts Association Scotland often referred to as DTAS is a charitable organisation that represents the interests of development trusts. Founded in 2003 and based in Edinburgh, by 2011 the membership was over 170. [1]

Development trusts[edit]

Development trusts are organisations that are:

  • owned and managed by the local community
  • involved in the sustainable regeneration of a community
  • independent and not for private profit, but seek to work in partnership with other private, voluntary and public sector organisations
  • aim to reduce dependency on grant support by generating income through enterprise and the ownership of assets.[2]

The development trust movement began in England in the 1990s[3] where the activities are run by "Locality" and DTAS has the other sister organisations of DTA Wales and DTA Northern Ireland.[4]


DTAS runs a Community Ownership Support Service that seeks to "advance effective transfer of local authority assets to community ownership" and operates a consultancy service called "The Pool"[5] and is represented on the Rural Development Council.

DTAS is part of the Scottish Community Alliance.


  1. ^ "About DTA Scotland". DTA Scotland. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "What is a Development Trust?". Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  3. ^ DTA Wales Members Directory page 3.
  4. ^ "Our movement extends beyond England and even beyond the United Kingdom.". Locality. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Community Ownership Support Service". DTA Scotland. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 

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