Local views wanted on Dornoch Common Good land sale

Residents of Dornoch are being asked to comment on a proposed sale of a small piece of land from the town commons.

Highland Council launched a community consultation exercise on Tuesday 31 May to gauge local opinion on the handover of the 55 square meter plot of land.

Dornoch has a large commons area.

The local authority is required under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to consult local people before disposing of common property land.

The land in question is at the front of the property known as Tigh Ruaraidh at 8 Well Street, Littletown, Dornoch.

A background report indicates that the area of ​​land subject to consultation was common property land and had never been part of the title deed.

However, it had been used for a “significant period” to access the property, as a garden and also as a parking lot.

The report continues: “The previous owners fenced off the land and used it as garden land and parking.

“A request has been made by the owner of the property for the council to consider selling the land. This would secure full title to the extent of the property being used.

“Negotiations have taken place and a proposed purchase price of £8,000 has been agreed. All monies received from the sale of this land, if approved, would go to the Dornoch Common Good Fund.

“The price reflects that the land has development value in addition to being used as a garden and for access, although there are currently no development plans.”

The full consultation document on the proposed sale can be viewed on the Highland Council website. Visit www.highland.gov.uk and search using the term ‘consultation’.

Written responses should be submitted by the July 28 deadline and can be emailed to: [email protected].

You can also send by post to: Sara Murdoch, Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX.

All representations will be considered in reaching a decision. Submissions, responses and any final decision will be posted on the Board’s website.

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