ORGANISATION // Gallan Head Community Trust
PROJECT // CETUS: Feasibility Study
TOTAL PROJECT COST // £30,930
LEADER FUNDING PROVIDED // £15,465
The Gallan Head Community Trust is located in Aird, Uig, Isle of Lewis and was formed in 2014 to undertake a buyout of a disused MOD facility at Gallan Head extending to 40ha together with a property known as Gallan Beag. The Trust intends to take a phased approach to development which included opening a small visitor centre, renovating/converting buildings for social enterprise, providing history and heritage information, creating an observatory for the study of marine mammals dark skies and heritage, establishing permaculture and providing bunkhouse accommodation.
The house known as Gallan Beag was opened in 2017 as a small visitor centre/ cafe and immediately created 1 full time post. It fulfils other purposes such as: A Community Hub, An amenity for visitors which includes a washroom, Heritage information, Internet, Carparking, A retail space for sale of local arts crafts and local produce, A Trust Office, A meeting point for marine /wildlife enthusiasts including a mammal listening point and A venue for specialist talks on natural History, Astronomy, Heritage and Permaculture.
There is to be a staged approach to further development with this step being a Site Feasibilty and Design Study. A feasibility study will be undertaken to assess the potential for suitable development opportunities on the old MOD site / headland and also include design and costings. There are 2 main buildings and 3 other structures on the headland. The main building known as R10 is the largest and has the biggest potential for development. The second smaller building currently houses a Generator but is of a scale which can also be utilised. The other 3 structures are more outbuldings, 2 are reinforced concrete and one is of a drystone construction and was a lookout post. A feasibilty study brief has been prepared by a local development consultant and the work will be carried out in 2 stages:
• Site feasibility study and masterplan identifying suitable development areas and assessing re-use or rebuild of existing buildings leading to possible planning permission in principle application submitted to local authority
• Design and costing of multi-purpose building and associated infrastructure through to full planning permission stage. It is expected that high levels of insulation and use of renewables will aim at a low carbon or carbon neutral development.