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The ‘Callander 2000 and Beyond Community Development Trust’ (CCDT) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to lease approximately 8.75 hectares of Stank Glen to help develop a community owned ‘run-of-river’ hydro project.
The NFLS, administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that it provides increased public benefits.
The Trust has applied for a long term lease on a strip of land that will site the intake (from the Stank Burn), around 1km of pipeline and a turbine house.
The scheme aims to provide the Trust with a sustainable long-term income that will be put towards a range of projects benefiting the community – such as providing training, advice and premises for new, local businesses, improving transport links to health services and developing resources for young people.
An open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal are welcome.
Details of the application – including indicative maps of the proposed scheme - can be viewed on line at www.forestry.gov.uk/nfls and all comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by Friday 26 August 2011.
Responses and comments should be addressed to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, 'Woodlands', Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of making these comments publicly available, unless requested to keep comments confidential.
NOTES TO EDITOR:
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 667,000 hectare national forest estate. The Commission’s woodlands are making a difference to the well being of Scotland’s people and their communities. Local woodlands act as a catalyst for communities to meet up, get involved with projects and volunteering, or simply enjoy the many walking trails, bike rides and peace and quiet that forests and woodlands can offer. By developing more woodlands, especially near towns and cities, woodlands can also improve healthier lifestyles and bring a boost to urban development across Scotland. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2) Any responses will be passed back to the community body making the application, which then has 28 days to respond to submissions.
Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507.