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Search on for tenants for Sandown Lands to the west of Nairn

By Ian Duncan

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The Sandown Lands development site in Nairn.
The Sandown Lands development site in Nairn.

Bids are being encouraged for an area of land to the West of Nairn.

The Nairn Common Good Fund (NCGF), which owns Sandown Lands, is looking for a commercial tenant for the fields from January 2023.

This land is being offered as a seasonal arable let and an area of approximately 32.8 ha (81 acres).

Map showing the location of Sandown Lands near Nairn.
Map showing the location of Sandown Lands near Nairn.

The area is managed by the Highland Council and is available from January 15 to November 1, 2023 – it has been used to grow Spring Barley for a number of years.

Bidders should note that there is no BPS entitlements let with the land, however, the successful tenant may enter the details of the cropped area on their Single Application Form and use it to make a claim for Basic Payment.

The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) will manage the application process on behalf of the NCGF.

Offers should be made either in writing or by e-mail to:

• Derek Hanton, SAC Consulting, Alcaig Farm, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, IV7 8HS.

• E-mail: derek.hanton@sac.co.uk

• Questions regarding the land should be directed to Derek Hanton, assistant regional manager for SAC, by calling 07803 222 363.

The deadline for offers is noon on Friday, November 18, 2022.

SAC will inform applicants if their bid has been successful week commencing November 21, 2022.

A spokesman said: "If the successful bidder manages the land appropriately in 2023 and abides by the terms of the lease, it is likely that they will be asked in the future to lease the land at Sandown on a seasonal basis. This is likely to continue on a seasonal basis for four years.

"Please note, however, that the availability of the land at Sandown can only be guaranteed for one season at a time."

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