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Council to consult on Dornoch Common Good land

17th July 2019

The Highland Council is today (17 July 2019) launching an 8 week Common Good consultation giving the Dornoch community until 11 September 2019 to respond to a proposal to dispose (by lease) of an area of Common Good land to East Sutherland Rescue Association (ESRA).

The Council is keen to hear the community's views on the proposal and all submissions will be given full regard before a decision on whether, and how, to proceed is made.

ESRA currently lease a small area of land incorporating the existing life boat shed. It is proposed to lease a larger area to them for a period of 99 years. This will allow ESRA to seek permission to build a bigger and improved lifeboat facility including a parking area for their use. This development will be of benefit to both the local residents of Dornoch as well as to visitors to the area.

The proposed duration of the lease and the location of the larger area on Common Good land that is currently public amenity land constitutes both a disposal and a change of use and therefore the Council is required to seek the views of the community to the proposal though a formal consultation.

The consultation runs for 8 weeks and will close on 11 September 2019. The full consultation document and guidance is available at:

Please submit written responses either by email to or by post to Sara Murdoch, The Highland Council HQ, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX.

All consultation representations, responses and any final decision will be published on the Council website.

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