Public to have their say on Uig Development Brief

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Following approval by the Isle of Skye and Raasay Area Committee on the 4th June 2018, the Council has now launched the draft Uig Development Brief for consultation which runs for 8 weeks from 30th July to 21st September 2018. 

The draft Development Brief covers the area around the commercial core of Uig which lies immediately to the west of the Harbour. The fundamental purpose of the Brief is to provide a structured framework for the physical development and transformation of the area over the next 20 years.  A key part of this is to identify and coordinate development and regeneration opportunities which may arise from the £30 million expected to be invested by Transport Scotland in the Skye Triangle ferry service, which includes a new and improved ferry vessel and major upgrade of Uig Harbour.

To view and comment on the draft Brief please visit consult.highland.gov.uk.  A hard copy of the Development Brief is available to view at the CalMac Ferry Terminal in Uig and at Highland Council HQ in Inverness. 

A consultation event is being held at Uig Village Hall on Monday 10th September.  A drop-in exhibition will be held between 3pm and 5.30pm and a round-table workshop will take place between 6pm and 7pm.  Pre-registering your attendance is not necessary but it would be helpful if you could let us know by emailing devplans@highland.gov.uk

Once approved in its final form, the Brief will provide a detailed planning policy framework which the Council will use to inform its decisions on any future planning applications.

Chair of the Isle of Skye and Raasay Area Committee, Cllr John Gordon said: "I’m pleased to see the development brief progress to the consultation stage as it will give the local community, businesses and other stakeholders an opportunity to influence the plan which will shape the future of the area for many years to come. 

"The £30 million investment which is expected in the harbour is a once in a generation opportunity for Uig and we hope that it will be a catalyst for other major improvements in the area.  The release of land around the harbour will allow existing businesses to grow and new ones to open.  Its also a great opportunity to improve the appearance of the area and help to establish Uig as a key destination for visitors. 

"I’d encourage anyone who has an interest in Uig to make sure that they have their say because the more people that get involved and ideas put forward the better the plan will be."

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31 Jul 2018
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