West Highlands and Islands Local Development Plan
In early 2015 the Highland Council announced that a new Highlands and Islands Local Development Plan is to be established for a large area of the West Highlands and Islands which will take 5 years to the point of adoption. The area of Sleat is deemed to be one of 18 areas to be focused on in terms of development and specifically the area designated as 'East Sleat' running from Toravaig to Armadale.
The Community Council invited Tim Stott, the HC's Principal Planner to the SCC meeting on the 10th of March to give a presentation about the Plan with specific reference to Sleat and his PowerPoint presentation can be found on this link here.
As a result of this presentation and the need for the community to make comments on how we see the development process in Sleat in coming years the Council has made a submisison to the new Plan, as an initial statement, and this can be found here.
We encourage you to read the document we have submitted and any views will be gratefully received and treated in the strictest confidence.
The SCC meeting held on 5th May was devoted entirely to the West Highland and Islands Local Development Plan and the HC Onshore Wind Consultation for which initial submissions need to be made by 22nd May. Over 40 local residents attended the meeting and the presentation that was shown to the meeting is shown on this link:
Note this is a link to the 'Dropbox' file and was produced with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, if you cannot read this presentation a copy using an earier version is shown at this link:
The Community Council thanks all of those who attended the meetinga and encourages everyone to continue to make comments on the WHILDP by emailing email@example.com and for the consultation on Wind Farm Policy click the link here.
The SCC made a further submission to the Plan in May 2015 specifically referring to the loss of agricultural land and this is shown here.
The Highland Council have now published online all of the comments made for the final consultation for the West Highlands and Islands Local Development Plan which closed on 21st July. Shown below is the link to the relevant pages for Sleat and it is encouraging to see many local residents and organisations making views known. You will see that the site (ES01) above Knock Bay has the largest number of comments, and there are general Sleat-wide commentaries at the top of the section. These include the Community Council's submission following the special meeting held after the AGM on 27th June. You are not required to log in to the web portal to view the comments and related descriptions and maps. As we understand it this, like all other areas, will be reviewed in due course by local committees of the Highland Council and in Skye's case this is the 'Skye and Raasay Committee'. There were some late representations from one developer and should others wish to add comment these will need to sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Late submissions may, in some cases, be inadmissible.