Raasay Development Trust
RAASAY DEVELOPMENT TRUST
A charitable trust established to sustain a diverse range of community assets and development projects
Raasay Development Trust (RDT) develops projects which improve the island’s infrastructure, offer new opportunities and deliver benefits to islanders and the community generally in terms of welfare and sustainability.
The trust consists of a board of volunteers working with our local development officer, Elizabeth Macleod. This position is funded by HIE.
Elizabeth’s role is to deal with public and private agencies, progress complex funding applications, and progress these projects and opportunities within tight timescales.
Some of these projects have a long history and some are relatively recent.
Registered Charity Number SC045185
In collaboration with Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association and the Communities Housing Trust we are developing five properties for affordable rent and five serviced self-build plots. Plots will be discounted through the Rural Housing Burden scheme .
The first phase is the installation of a 12-berth pontoon which is due to take place in June 2022. The second phase will see onshore facilities and wider visitor infrastructure developed.
Raasay Community Renewables (RCR) has been set up to manage this after a successful community shares offer. RCR is supported by Elizabeth and the hydro contractor BluEnergy.
Construction work is well underway and the hydro will be commissioned by September 2022.