Upcoming Events

Oct
28

10:00 am 28.10.2017 - 5:30 pm 30.10.2017

Oct
28

10:00 am 28.10.2017 - 5:30 pm 30.10.2017

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You can help us raise money for the High Mill Campaign without even leaving your home. It's easy.

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Get Involved

If you see a project on our website that you would like to be involved in then please contact us. We would love to have you as part of our team!

Become a Member

There are two types of membership in the Carluke Development Trust, each requiring a one-off membership fee as follows:

Standard: Open to individuals who live or work in the area (£1)
Corporate: Open to individuals nominated by incorporated and unincorporated organisations based within the area (£5)

If you would like to apply for membership, please click here and complete the application form.

Get In Touch

31-35 Hamilton Street
Carluke
ML8 4HA

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Telephone

07881 583875

To send us an email please complete the form on our Contact page.

The word 'Commonty' is defined as a piece of common land not in any known ownership within a particular Parish. Since April 2014 the Trust has taken ownership of 33.6 acres of land that sits amidst wind turbines as part of Black law. Andy Wightman, a well-known land campaigner and author of the book 'The Poor Had No Lawyers' in which the Commonty is mentioned first brought this opportunity to the attention of the Trust. It was only after several years of investigation and planning that ownership was officially granted.

The Trust's role now is to make this asset a profitable project that will benefit both the sustainability of the Organisation and the town in the longer term. The site is rough moorland of mainly heather with some evergreen coppice in the north of the land. Following a tendering process funded through a CARES grant (Community and Renewable Energy Scheme) we have completed an initial stage pre-feasibility study to establish whether it would be possible to develop a ground mounted Solar PV installation. The early indications are that this could be a viable project for the site however we have vital financial modeling to complete to gain a clearer picture.

This is a very exciting pioneering project as it would be the first of its size in Scotland. There are many stages and break points to this project so we are working alongside expert consultants to guide our decisions. Watch this space for further updates.

 

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An arial view of The Commonty

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Ordnance Survey View

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A typical solar installation

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Proximity to Blacklaw Windfarm

 

 

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Pictures courtesy of Narec who kindly carried out our pre-feasibility study.

Local Energy Scotland