Highlands & Islands

Decrofting pilot for Ross, Skye and Lochaber

People proposing to build on croft land in parts of the Highlands will be asked to fill in a new questionnaire.

Someone wishing to decroft - taking land out of agricultural use so it can be developed - must make an application to do so to the Crofters Commission.

But the commission and Highland Council now also want applicants to answer questions on the land involved and size of house planned.

The questionnaire is being run as a pilot in Ross-shire, Skye and Lochaber.

If the council and commission believe the list of questions are a useful addition to the process, the project might be rolled out beyond its finish in August 2011.

Highland Council's policy is to protect important croft land.

Questions in the survey include how many hectares a croft has of good quality land, and also rough grazing.

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