Glascairn Community Project
The Glascairn Community Project is a community-led initiative to establish a vibrant new village heart providing opportunities and services for everyone in the village. This will be created on land adjacent to the Culbokie Shop which was was purchased by CCT in 2015 under Community Right to Buy. The purchase followed a full postal ballot which demonstrated overwhelming support for the project.
Culbokie village is very spread out, has no real centre and in the last 30 years has grown beyond the services and facilities that are currently available. This project will provide a new social heart and gathering space, business, traning and job opportunities and it will support communitiy health and wellbeing.
The first phase of work will be the development of Culbokie Green - a focal point for a range of outdoor actvities. It will have trees and wildflower meadows, paths and seating, a gathering space and shelter, a community orchard, a natural play space, outdoor games and a herb garden.
In the medium term there will also be new community buildings to complete the village heart. This will house a cafe, a health room and business rental space or hot-desking opportunities - and toilets for community use. It will also include some flexible space for community and social activities. CCT plan a programme of activities based at the hub focussing on the range of different needs and to encourage mixing.
CCT is also working with Cairn Housing towards the development of additional affordable housing in the village on community owned land. This will be available to those most in need on the Highland Housing Register - young or old - and is likely to be allocated to those with a local connection.
CCT has worked closely with Tulloch Homes who are developing the adjacent housing site to ensure that the overall design is fully integrated as shown in the design plan (PDF). If you want to see what the communitiy hub will look like, click on our hub design visuals (PDF). Or click on our Culbokie Green Design Plan (PDF) to see what we plan for the open space.
A revised Feasibility Study and Businesss Plan, completed in August 2021, confirmed the viability of the project and made some project recommendations. This work was funded by the North Highland Initiative.
In August 2021 CCT was awarded full planning consent for Culbokie Green and the Village Hub.