The creation of “a global attraction” on the Scottish Island that served as the inspiration for The Wicker Man carries the risk of upsetting planners, according to a multimillionaire hedge fund mogul.
For Mr Tanera in the Summer Isles, English hedge fund tycoon Ian Wace, who is wed to model Saffron Aldridge, spent £1,695,000 in 2017.
The most recent Sunday Times Rich List estimates Mr. Wace’s net worth at £680 million.
He is in charge of a six-year renovation plan for Tanera Mr. that may turn it into a luxurious retreat with space for up to 60 paying guests.
But now his company, Summer Isles Enterprises Ltd, has asked for permission to build a mechanical building and a multipurpose facility, both of which are already under construction.
According to applications submitted to Highland Council, work on the structure began on March 1.
When asked why construction began before the application, the company’s officials simply wrote: “Applicant began building prior to submissions being made.”
A council official indicated that records showed that a piece of the site had previously been utilised as a gravel pit and quarry, which could have resulted in land contamination if filled in.
This information was related to the construction project for the mechanics. A complete site history must be provided.
They suggest that no construction should begin until a plan to deal with any potential contamination on the property has been submitted and authorised in writing by the planning authority.
“I advise that the applicant be contacted and asked to provide site history data detailing the property’s former uses so that any potential contamination issues can be investigated,” they stated.
Any site histories you collect should be sent to the Contaminated Land Team so we may assess if they are sufficient to demonstrate that the site is usable.
If the site history is thorough and doesn’t reveal any earlier possibly contaminative land usage, a site study may not be necessary.
Architects said that the island was formerly a herring fishing port and that it suffered during the decline of the business.
The two towns were called Ardnagoine and Garadheancal.
Tanera Mr. had 118 residents in 1881, but by 1931, they had all moved away. Previously, the island had no roadways.
The installation of several highways in the shape of tracks constructed of crushed and compacted stone from the island has been a highlight of the island’s redevelopment since 2017, the statement claims.
Nine dwellings were livable when the building first started. Most of these houses have undergone modifications, typically subsequently adding porches and dormers.
All structures will be returned to their original stone, with any modern renovations or additions being demolished or improved.
Over the course of six years, Tanera Mr. will restore and rejuvenate the physical ruins and structures that were left behind when the project got underway in April 2017.
At this time, a team of about 100 individuals is working full-time on the project.
This plan respects the island’s heritage, tranquilly, and natural beauty.
The island is on course to establish itself as a well-liked vacation spot with top-notch customer support.
To the standards necessary to realise their full potential, the island facilities will undergo considerable development.
At one end of the island, a section is virtually finished, but many other areas are still being built.
The main priority has always been to restore the existing ruins, although new buildings have also been proposed.
Traditional building methods will be used whenever possible to mimic the existing examples observed around the island.
The most common building materials on the island are stone, tin, and salvaged wood because they are utilised so frequently.
The Quarry produced the materials for our rehabilitation initiatives on the island.
It was determined that it would be a suitable location for the long-term island facility buildings now that it is no longer in use because of its location, which is distant from the occupied homes and almost totally out of sight.
The Old Quarry’s design process aims to deliver a solid, cogent, and cutting-edge response for a commercial hub that will meet the needs of the island.
The main objectives of the development are to create a self-sufficient and sustainable island community and to guarantee that the special features of the immediate natural environment are not only preserved but also enhanced.
All of the projects that are built there will have an industrial component because the Quarry will continue to be used as a workers’ yard once development is finished.
These quarry-based buildings will share a lot of design cues with the best examples of restoration work that has been completed elsewhere on the island using recycled brick, tin, and larch panelling.
The utility building, gatehouse, mechanics shed, and stores shed applications that are being created for the quarry site are also covered in the paper.
The main business hub of the Island will now be located in the utilities building.
Both the company’s offices and a sizable multifunctional space will be housed there.
All employees at the Quarry will also have access to enough staff housing and a spacious mess/canteen.
On Tanera Mr. last year, television adventurer Ben Fogle spent a few days swimming in the open ocean.
According to Mr. Fogle’s staff, the actor visited the island as part of a TV series that was ordered.
They proclaimed, “Mr. Wace’s effort is a part of that series.” Additionally, [Mr. Fogle] is writing a book about the project.
The pagan-cult island of Summerisle, which is shown in The Wicker Man, is thought by some critics to be based in the Wester Ross archipelago, despite the fact that the movie itself was shot in Galloway and Plockton.
Tanera was the only Scottish island with year-round private mail delivery.
In order to get to the Achiltibuie post office on the mainland, a letter mailed from Tanera must carry two stamps: one from the Summer Isles and one from the Royal Mail for the remaining distance.