A radical package of proposals has been unveiled to attempt to reverse the Highland Clearances in many forgotten communities.
The Scottish Government has been asked by community landowners to create a raft of new powers to revive the region’s “lost heritage” and pave the way for the re-population of townships which were wiped out during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The plans have been tabled by Community Land Scotland (CLS), the umbrella organisation for the community buyouts which own more than half-a-million acres in the likes of Eigg, Assynt and Gigha.
Land reform campaigners hailed the move last night as having the potential to “build the confidence of local people to make most use of their cherished local resources”.
The CLS submission urges ministers to amend the draft Planning Act going through Holyrood to set a new goal of “the repopulation of rural Scotland, and the resettlement of once populated land now wholly or largely unpopulated”.
CLS wants a map of “no-longer-existing communities” to be drawn up to be considered as part of planning decisions, and to act as a “counter-balance to the power the ‘Wild Land Map’ now gives to arguments to keep places empty, places that once had people and thriving communities in them”.
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