Overlooking the Kyle of Tongue, and at the entrance to the village of Tongue, Burr’s Stores is a special place. Having acquired the site in an effort to save it from going completely derelict, Wildland is seeking to invest to bring new attractions and facilities to the village – creating a space which the community can take pride in.
After consulting with the community, included a well-attended formal consultation event, we have submitted our proposal to the Highland Council for their consideration. We look forward to this application progressing through the planning process.
Local residents in Tongue, Melness, and the surrounding area are welcome to get in touch with us should they have any questions or feedback – we are always happy to hear from other members of the community.
You can view the full planning application here.
You can access a summary of the planning application here.
Why is Wildland interested in the Burr’s Stores site?
As a partner in the wider community, Wildland is committed to doing all it can to support the economic sustainability of our area. We, along with many other members of the community, see great potential to create something special at Burr’s Stores – a development that can serve the needs of the community while providing a focal point for the growing number of visitors who come to Tongue each year. It would be such a shame to see the site continue to suffer from inaction, and fall into dereliction.
Wildland has already installed a community fuel pump at the site, providing a 24/7 service to local residents and visitors.
What has Wildland done to consult with other members of the community?
The communities of Tongue, Melness and the surrounding area are not just consultees in a planning process – they are our friends and neighbours. We held a formal consultation event, led by Helen Lucas Architects, which was very well attended. In addition, we have and will continue to listen to informal feedback – from chance conversations to emails and letters. Our door is always open.
What is the timeframe for these plans?
These plans remain at a very early stage, and will continue to progress through the planning process.
What about existing local businesses?
WildLand has been a major supporter of NC500, largely funding the route which is estimated to have generated £22.89m in gross value added in 2018, creating 179 full time jobs. We are enthusiastic supporters of other local tourist businesses. We will work closely with our friends and neighbours in Tongue to ensure that a rising tide will, indeed, lift all boats.