Community launches buy-out bid for Ulva
THE sale of the Isle of Ulva, off the western coast of Mull, has been put on hold as islanders have submitted a community right to buy application.
The 4,583-acre island was put on the market for £4.25 million.
After hearing that it was going to be placed on the market, the community came together to create a petition.
Following ‘substantial support’, the application was made under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 for a community right to buy registration scheme.
It is now up to the Scottish Government to decide whether or not to agree to the registration or not.
Over the coming weeks a feasibility study will be carried out to help prepare a detailed business plan and management strategy.
The community will have the chance to have their say, as consultations will take place on the plans as they develop.
The overall aim, as stated in the application, is to ‘manage the estate to provide sustainable benefits for the community in the short to medium term and in the long term for future generations, including the repopulation of the island’.