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Protection of croft land is paramount says SCF

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has renewed its criticisms of a proposed speculative housing development on croft land in Lochaber.

The organisation’s comments come after the Crofting Commission announced that it will not appeal a Scottish Land Court decision which may enable the unpopular housing plan to go ahead.

In 2011, after obtaining planning permission to build 10 houses, the owner-occupiers of a croft in North Ballachulish applied to decroft the land so that the development could proceed.

The proposal drew opposition locally and the SCF supported a fight against the loss of croft land for speculative building. Although the 2010 Crofting Act gives the Crofting Commission more powers to prevent such developments, the North Ballachulish case is beyond the reach of these powers as the application was made before the new legislation came into force.

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Crofting Law Group - Final report “The Sump” published

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Crofting Law Group have published their final report on 'The Sump', they collected significant issues and problems within existing crofting legislation.

Please read the report here

Workshop in Social Farming/Crofting

Monday, February 02, 2015

Care farming or social farming combines the care of the land with the care of people. A care farm is a working farm where people in need of support can benefit in participation in farming activities.

This workshop aims to explore the concept of social farming/crofting as a potential new social service for rural Scotland. The workshop be on Thursday 19th February 2015 at Glachbeg Croft Education Centre, North Kessock, Inverness.