Lease option agreed for Space Hub Sutherland
1st August 2019
The owners of land earmarked for the Space Hub Sutherland development on the Moine Peninsula have agreed a lease option with developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Representatives of Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) and HIE signed the agreement yesterday (Wednesday 31 July). It secures the option for HIE to lease the land once planning consent for the project has been granted.
HIE is leading the development, with a £2.5m grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA), which is also funding two launch companies that plan to use the facility.
Design work and scoping for environmental impact studies are well underway. This will form part of the planning application being prepared to obtain consent in time for construction to start in 2020.
Roy Kirk, HIE's Space Hub Sutherland project director, said:
"Space Hub Sutherland development is expected to generate many social and economic benefits for different parts of the region. We have maintained constructive dialogue with the Melness Crofters Estate throughout the process. We are very grateful to them for their input and co-operation and welcome this key stage in the project."
Dorothy Pritchard, MCE chair said:"We look forward to continuing our links with HIE, and to working with the launch companies and site operator to maximise job opportunities and community benefits for our area. We know there is a long way to go and that the next step is to go through to the planning stage. Like everyone else, we want to make sure the environmental and safety aspects of the proposed development are thoroughly examined and fully addressed as part of the process."
Claire Barcham, commercial space director, UKSA, said:
"The UK government's Spaceflight Programme aims to help establish commercial launch from the UK and help ensure we play a leading role in the New Space Age.
“The agreement of the Spaceport Sutherland lease hold option is an important milestone and brings us one step closer to realising this ambition."
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