Our Island, Our Future

Community Land Ownership – Options Appraisal Now Ready

land ownershipThe Options Appraisal report has been released this week following a year long project to identify areas of land which may have the potential to support community growth by helping to deliver some of the key projects from our Community Growth Plan. The report was produced by a voluntary steering group working under the Trust banner and with some financial support from Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) in the form of a £5,000 grant to employ Roots Architecture to conduct some additional research and help put the report together. A copy of the full report can be downloaded here:  CLO Options Appraisal FINAL . But a summary of the recommendations from the report are as follows

  1. Pursue a full feasibility study, looking into:
  • Eligible Croft Land, Eligible Additional Land and the inclusion of Sporting Rights, Mineral Rights and Interposed Leases
  • Tiree Airport and the Reef
  • The Hynish Centre
  • ‘The Camp’ and other privately owned plots along the Kenovay Road
  • ‘The Glebe’ farmland in Scarinish
  • Unsold house plots within/adjacent to Pier View Estate
  1. It is also recommended that an expression of interest is investigated and, if possible, registered under Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, which would give the community first refusal if the land became available to purchase. 

The above actions will be taken forward by the Steering Group and the Trust.