Crofters back plans for UK’S first spaceport
Plans to establish the UK’S first spaceport in the north of Scotland have been given initial backing by crofters on the proposed land.
The A’mhoine peninsula in Sutherland was chosen by the UK Space Agency earlier this year as the site for vertical rocket and satellite launches.
Melness Crofters Estate, who own the prospective launch site, held a ballot of crofters this week, with 59 per cent voting in favour of working with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on the project.
In total, there were 27 votes in favour, 18 against and one spoiled ballot paper. HIE said the outcome means the £17.3 million project can now move to the next phase focusing on safety and environmental issues.
A formal planning application is expected to be submitted to Highland Council by the end of 2019.