Com­mu­nity launches buy-out bid for Ulva

The Oban Times - - News -

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’.

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