Four plots at Golspie Business Park set to be developed
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Golspie Community Council has been updated on moves being made to develop the village’s underused business park.
Four plots at the largely vacant park are now in line to be brought into use.
Plot one, owned by Highland Council, is earmarked to be developed as an overnight stop for motorhomes by entrepreneurs Colin and Anne Edwards.
And Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are moving forward with the development of plots two, three and nine.
HIE’s Caithness and Sutherland area manager Eann Sinclair attended the group’s virtual meeting last night. He revealed that plot nine, located at the bottom of the business park, was on the point of sale.
“We have had three bids for plot nine, which are going through the process, so hopefully we will get a productive use out of the site,” he said.
HIE is poised to submit a planning application within days for plots two and three, located beside the A9.
“That will be for small, flexible business units either to be used as office bases or as light industrial, roller door type units,” said Mr Sinclair. “We may market them as plots with planning permission attached or we may try to develop them ourselves."
He added that HIE had been working for some time to "ease" the classification that applies to some of the park's plots, in order to open them up for wider use.
Mr Sinclair responded to concern from community council secretary Henrietta Marriott over where HGVs – which are habitually parked unofficially overnight at the park – would go if displaced by the new developments.
He said HIE could talk to Transport Scotland about strategic lorry park sites across the north and it could also take a look at the plants for plot nine to see if there was anything that could be done to allow HGV parking to continue.
Community councillor Ian Miller pointed out that there was designated lorry parking next to the Golspie High School boundary fence in the car park beside Golspie Medical Practice
But Cllr Richard Gale said that despite the area in question being designated for lorry parking, it was not large enough for that use.