House plans for Tor­more ‘agreed in prin­ci­ple’

The Oban Times - - News -

PLANS to build houses in a for­est on Skye are pro­gress­ing well, ac­cord­ing to com­mu­nity coun­cil mem­bers.

Last Novem­ber, Sleat Com­mu­nity Coun­cil con­sulted with the com­mu­nity on the princ­ple of sell­ing a small num­ber of house sites on land form­ing part of Tor­more For­est.

Archie MacCal­man, chair­man of Sleat Com­mu­nity Trust (SLT) said: ‘ The ma­jor­ity of those who at­tended the con­sul­ta­tion agreed in prin­ci­ple that house sales were ac­cept­able in or­der to re-in­vest in other com­mu­nity as­sets and projects.

‘Sub­se­quently, the board of SLT has agreed that three house sites should be cre­ated with a view to be­ing sold to fund the re­de­vel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity- owned shop, post of­fice and petrol sta­tion at Ar­madale.

‘ In ad­di­tion, the trust would also hope to ad­dress the re­main­ing debt bur­den of its on­go­ing loan com­mit­ments.

‘ SLT be­lieves ad­dress­ing this is­sue and mov­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Ar­madale site would be a ma­jor step for­ward in making the trust more re­silient and self suf­fi­cient, as well as guar­an­tee­ing the re­ten­tion of life­line fa­cil­i­ties for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity.

‘ The three sites are lo­cated on land form­ing part of Tor­more For­est, be­side the pub­lic road to Aird, at Capis­dal. Cur­rently, the sites are be­ing ad­vanced to plan­ning in prin­ci­ple with High­land Coun­cil and the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions will be ad­ver­tised by the coun­cil in due course.

‘SCT is still con­sid­er­ing cre­at­ing more af­ford­able hous­ing on the com­mu­nity owned site at Ar­madale as part of the wider re­de­vel­op­ment.’

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