The Findhorn Village Conservation Company
Excited to announce garage funding
The Company is excited to announce that it has reached another major milestone by securing grant funding of £180,500, from the Scottish Land Fund, which would contribute £161,500 towards the purchase the Garage site in the centre of Findhorn which has historically been used for storing boats and contains buildings previously used as workshops and garages.
The Company has registered a community right to buy on this site which has been owned by the same family since 1929. Continuing to have ownership of this land by the people of Findhorn would be an excellent strategic fit for the future development of the village, as it is centrally located and would offer options to bring new vibrancy and life into the village itself. In addition to the extra facilities that this could provide, it would generate rental income – an essential ingredient to provide a stable platform for the Company’s, and Findhorn’s, further development aims.
Although the purchase of this land has not yet been agreed, the award of this grant is further confidence in the Company’s ability to provide a sustainable future for the village of Findhorn.
TFVCC (The Findhorn Village Conservation Company) is a community led and controlled company limited by guarantee with charitable status. We were set up in 2011 and our membership is open to anyone on the electoral roll living in the postcodes of Findhorn village.
Across Scotland, land is being bought by communities who wish to remove the uncertainty inherent in private ownership. Land ownership by the community will unlock tangible assets, but it is the intangible skill and determination of people that will see opportunities and accomplish projects - for Findhorn village we will need both.
With strong community backing we applied to the Scottish Land fund and have been successful in our bid to buy the residual Novar Estates land in Findhorn. Currently our solicitors are in the process of finalising the conveyancing, which will be completed by the end of March 2016.
"Good place-making can provide communities with an important cultural context; a sense of pride and belonging; and a sense of local and national identity. It can provide environments which function well; link well with surrounding settlements and provide attractive areas in which to socialise, to move around and to do business."
Our vision is the sustainable stewardship of the natural and built environment of Findhorn.
The Findhorn village photograph courtesy of Coast2Coast Architects, Findhorn