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The Findhorn Village Conservation Company

COMMUNITY BUYOUT - URGENT APPEAL

Novar Estates, the current landowner of a large area of land  (900 hectares) in Findhorn, has intimated that all their holdings in Findhorn will be sold. The land includes – the foreshore, the playing field, some of the lanes and land to the west of the beach road.

The FIndhorn Village Conservation Company (TFVCC) has been working to achieve a Community buyout. The application has been submitted to the Scottish Land Fund (SLF) and has been deferred twice for more information. The final decision will be made by the end of January 2015. The land has been valued independently by the District Valuer at £575,000. TFVCC do not currently know if the SLF will give a grant. The potential grant could be between 95% and 0%. Should our application to the SLF be unsuccessful then Novar Estates will sell the land holding to any interested individual or company.

The current position is at a crossroads in the future development of Findhorn and is the last chance for community ownership. Our case for achieving ownership of the land would be greatly strengthened if we could show that we have raised a substantial sum of money towards the purchase.

Those of us who live in Findhorn, those who have an interest in the future of the village, those who have fond memories and those who want a say in the future development of Findhorn may wish to contribute to this fund.

Sale to a private individual/company will take control out of our hands. Please give a pledge to donate to this community buyout. All pledges will be gratefully received. Send notification of your intention to pledge to this purchase by 20th January 2015.

Please notify TFVCC of your pledge by either e-mailing to findhornvillage@yahoo.co.uk or by confidential letter to Frank Allan, The Findhorn Village Conservation Company at the address below.

The company is registered for gift aid and if required you can download a Gift Aid form here and a Direct Debit form here or contact TFVCC at the address below.

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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.

Our first successful registration was made in 2011 when we worked to record our interest in the Armstrong Garages Site. Just as we were hoping to move to the purchase of the site it was withdrawn from the market.  However our registrationcan be renewed in 2016.

There is a strong community backing for the principle of land ownership by the community and the company is working with Novar Estates to bring this about.

A Feasibility Study and Business Plan were commissioned in 2013 by TFVCC Directors to assess the benefits and challenges that the community purchase of land could bring over the short and longer term.

Our short term goal is to make a successul bid to the government for capital funds from the Scottish Land Fund to take land in and around Findhorn village and the intertidal part of Findhorn Bay into long term community ownership.

Longer term through ownership, we would aim to increase the capacity of the Findhorn village community and local groups to build knowledge and skills and encourage innovation and collective action in tackling local development and conservation issues and projects.

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 including land, but it is the intangible skill and determination of people that will see opportunities and accomplish projects - for Findhorn village we will need both.

 

"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."
Scottish Government

 

The Findhorn village photograph courtesy of Coast2Coast Architects, Findhorn