Big step forward for Lochboisdale

Stòras Uibhist submitted a full planning application to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for the Lochboisdale Regeneration scheme this week. Determination of the application is expected in October 2011, with construction commencing in early 2012. The application has been submitted following the 12 week pre-application process which included three public meetings to consider the development.

The £9.5m project will connect Gasay Island to Rhubha Buailte and Lochboisdale village, via two causeways. A new fishery pier, slipway and working area will be created on Gasay Island for the local fishing fleet. A marine leisure facility will be located between Gasay Island and Rhubha Buailte and protected by two breakwaters. This will be one of the deepest water ports on the west of Scotland with 5.5m of depth at low water.

Gasay Island will be allocated for commercial development and Rhubha Buailte is reserved for housing. Gasay Island and Rhubha Buailte are part of the community owned estate, but are not in crofting tenure.

With funding secured from HIE, CNES and ERDF, the project is expected to be a significant economic boost for Lochboisdale and the whole of the Outer Hebrides, by the creation of many jobs, boosting the tourism sector and, in the longer term, improving the transport links to the mainland.

The project has been under development for many years and has received significant support from HIE and CNES to reach this important milestone. WA Fairhurst and Partners have prepared the planning application and will continue to work with Stòras Uibhist to secure the planning consent. WA Fairhurst will also complete the detailed design work for the project.