When the Trust was first established, Housing and Jobs were believed to be the route to regenerating North Harris. The results of a community consultation exercise re-enforced this belief.
In 2010 we initiated a project to build a number of speculative starter units for small businesses. The aim is to attract new employers and new families to the area. In January 2011, the study into the feasibility of Business Units was delivered. It evaluated three North Harris sites, and gave indicative costs for the development. In December, the planning application was submitted for three units on land in East Tarbert. The units have been allocated a use-class of 4. This means that office and light industry will be permitted on the site. Full details of the application can be seen at the council’s online planning portal, using reference 11/00581.
At the end of 2013 we had secured funding from the BIG Lottery, HIE and CnES. This, along with our own contribution completed the funding package. Work started on the Iomairt an Obain development site in July 2014 with a February 2015 completion date. Click HERE for more details of Iomairt an Obain. The three units have remained occupied since opening in 2015.
In 2019, following discussions with H.I.E, a Feasibility Study was initiated to investigate the demand for more business space. A number of locations have been discussed, but the study focused attention on land at Urgha. Following site investigations, the site was deemed un-viable for traditional construction. The ground contains contamination from its previous proximity to the municipal tip. We continue to expore opportunities for further developments.