7 April 2020
Scottish Government may call-in North Uist spaceport planning permission bid
The Scottish Government has indicated it may intervene over planning permission for the controversial proposed spaceport at Scolpaig in North Uist.
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar is the lead player in the Spaceport 1 project which plans blast rockets into space.
The planning application is expected to
go before the council’s planning board -
If they intend to grant permission for
the development then the Scottish Ministers will consider a call-
A government notice stresses: “This direction is given to assist in providing an overview of applications for spaceport development in the planning system.”
The Scottish Government highlighted it reserves its “right to intervene.”
Ambitions to build a spaceport in the Western Isles arose in 2014 and planning permission for the Scolpaig site was lodged in 2018 but later withdrawn.
Scaled down plans submitted the following year received hundreds of objections.
The comhairle borrowed cash and spent around £1 million to purchase Scolpaig Farm in the north west corner of North Uist. The loan will be repaid from the income from companies using the facility.
Latest plans focus on the first stage of the project
- to construct infrastructure for the launch of research rockets to gather