Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Designing a Better Future

The Trust has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of architects Rural Design of Skye to carry out feasibility and design work on a site at Rubha Romagaidh, Horgabost. There is currently a severe lack of opportunities for new housing, business and community enterprise, and development of this unique site looking across to Taransay could address these.

Looking down on the site (centre) and across to Taransay
Options for the 3ha site include business/community space, housing and community horticulture. Rural Design will work with the Trust and the local community to develop a scheme that addresses community needs while also respecting the local landscape and National Scenic Area within which the development will be sited. The Trust is looking for the highest quality of design and Rural Design have a track record of producing quality designs in sensitive locations.

There will be full community consultation throughout the process and it is intended to produce a site masterplan and apply for planning permission in principle before the end of the year. If this is granted it is hoped to develop detailed plans with a view to commencing building works in 2014.