Feasibility Study published


14 April, 2020

Wanlockhead Community Trust Releases Business Plan, Charting Roadmap for Village's Sustainable Future

Contact: Lincoln Richford, WCT, 07399 954791 or 01659 74435; Urban Animation, 0131 4770676

The Wanlockhead Community Trust (WCT) has released a Feasibility Study and Business Plan for a proposed community buyout of land from Buccleuch. The initiative aims to purchase 3,863 acres from Buccleuch's Queensberry Estate in and around Wanlockhead, Scotland's highest village. The plan was developed by Urban Animation, an Edinburgh based consulting firm.

Lincoln Richford, WCT Chair, says, "This feasibility study represents many years of work as well as Wanlockhead's highest aspirations regarding land ownership and land use. We believe it offers a clear vision and pathway for our community to develop a successful and sustainable future."

Community ownership could provide villagers with numerous opportunities including: business development, affordable housing development, habitat restoration, agriculture, heritage tourism and outdoor sporting and recreation, among others.

Says Richard Heggie, Director of Urban Animation: "Community land ownership has proven to be a successful route towards resilience and sustainability for places across Scotland. Wanlockhead now has the opportunity to join these communities in taking control of its land and its future. We wish the people of Wanlockhead every success in their exciting and transformational venture.”

Wanlockhead and Buccleuch plan to finalise buyout negotiations later this year. Funding for the feasibility study was delivered by the Scottish Land Fund in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Funding for the buyout will likely be provided by the Scottish Land Fund and other funders.

The document can be viewed here: Feasibility Study (PDF).