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New village for 'creative people'

The last planned village on Skye was built about 200 years ago

A clan trust has proposed building a new village in the south of Skye.

Earmarked for a site at Kilbeg on the Sleat peninsula, it would be constructed round the island's Gaelic college Sabhal Mor Ostaig.

An expansion of the college has also been suggested to provide an arts centre.

Norman Gillies, of the Clan Donald Lands Trust, said the new settlement could provide housing for student, academics and creative people.

The director of development said it may also attract people making lifestyle choices on where they want to bring up their children.

Digital television

Mr Gillies said: "I think the last planned village on the Isle of Skye would have been 200 years ago at Kyleakin.

"I think this is a new take on how one actually looks at a new development.

"It is not just housing, it is going to have the necessary infrastructure to make it operate as a community."

Last April, First Minister Alex Salmond praised the opening of a new centre at Sabhal Mor Ostaig that tries to encourage creative and cultural industries.

Mr Salmond said the new Fas centre at the college created the right atmosphere to allow creative Scots to shine.

He also announced £260,000 of funding to support the work of the centre.

Of that figure, £200,000 went towards digital television production and post-production equipment.

The remaining £60,000 supported the college's writing of a Gaelic historical dictionary.

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