£ 17.3 million rocket and satellite launch project in Scotland is approved

£ 17.3 million rocket and satellite launch project in Scotland is approved

Plans to build Britain's first spaceport in northern Scotland were initially supported by Crofters on the proposed land.

The A & # 39; Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland was selected by the UK Space Agency as a rocket and satellite launch site earlier this year.

Melness Crofters Estate, the owner of the future site, held a number of Crofters this week.

More than half (59 percent) voted to work with Highlands and Islands Enterprise on this project.

In total there were 27 votes, 18 votes and a spoiled ballot.

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The Future for Northern Scotland: An artistic illustration of a satellite-bearing rocket firing into space from the £ 17 million spaceport planned for the A & # 39; Moine peninsula in Sutherland

The Future for Northern Scotland: An artistic illustration of a satellite-bearing rocket firing into space from the £ 17 million spaceport planned for the A & # 39; Moine peninsula in Sutherland

The Future for Northern Scotland: An artistic illustration of a satellite-carrying rocket firing into space from the £ 17 million spaceport planned for the A & # 39; Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) said the result means that the $ 17.3 million ($ 22.4 million) project can now move to the next phase, which focuses on security and environmental issues concentrated.

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted to the Highland Council by the end of 2019.

Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) president Dorothy Pritchard said crofters still want to minimize environmental impact.

She said, "MCE held a vote that helped support the ongoing discussions to reach a number of terms.

"It just means that we like to continue discussing with HIE, working towards an appointment and, ultimately, the land lease.

"The mission of HIE is to show sensitivity to safety and the environment.

& # 39; Those who voted for it see many local benefits with potential jobs in the region, STEM activities and the opportunity for our young people to get involved in this exciting industry, like those who oppose development the impact on the environment is kept to a minimum and all aspects of safety have been adequately taken into account. "

Work in progress: The remote peninsula is bounded to the west by Loch Eriboll and to the east by the Kyle of Tongue, but is also near John O & # 39; Groats

Work in progress: The remote peninsula is bounded to the west by Loch Eriboll and to the east by the Kyle of Tongue, but is also near John O & # 39; Groats

Work in progress: The remote peninsula is bounded on the west by Loch Eriboll and to the east by the Kyle of Tongue, while being also near John O & # 39; Groats

HIE Project Director Roy Kirk added: "The creation of a satellite launch center in Scotland is a unique and exciting project.

"We are very grateful to the Melness Crofters for agreeing to work with us to make our plans in Sutherland a reality.

"We firmly believe that the spaceport will open up many new opportunities for companies wishing to interfere in the growing space sector. As part of our next steps, we will improve our communications and ensure that local people know what the spaceport is likely to mean to them.

"It is understandable that people have both concerns and hopes for such an innovative business, and we will ensure there are opportunities to meet and discuss all issues, from jobs and other economic benefits to safety and security Environment."

The consortium behind the proposal of Sutherland Spaceport includes the US carrier Lockheed Martin.

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