Sale talks to continue over woodland at Carbisdale

Forest Enterprise Scotland is to proceed with negotiations with developer Carbisdale Castle Ltd over the sale of 23 hectares of woodland surrounding Carbisdale Castle.

This small part of Carbisdale Forest, managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland, has been requested by the developer to enable their wider plan to redevelop Carbisdale Castle into a luxury hotel.

The developer intends to invest £15 million in the project and create around 60 or more local jobs.
The project would be the biggest single investment in the area for some 10 years and Forest Enterprise Scotland wants to enable this important investment to take place.

Tim Cockerill, Forest Enterprise Scotland District Manager said:

“The developer has given us evidence that the majority of the local communities in the area support and want to see this important project go ahead.  It is for this reason, and because of the significance of the investment, that we intend to proceed with negotiations on selling the 23 hectares of woodland.
 
“We are aware that there are still some local concerns within the Culrain community over access to the area of woodland we intend to sell.  Forest Enterprise Scotland has sought to address these concerns and will continue to work closely with the community over this.

”Whilst negotiations continue, we will encourage the developer to engage with the local community to ensure the redevelopment of Carbisdale Castle beings the anticipated benefits to Sutherland.”

Local communities and consultees will have a further opportunity to influence the project through the planning permission process led by The Highland Council. 

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is responsible for managing Scotland’s National Forest Estate on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.