“A listed building consent application was recently lodged for fabric repairs and stabilisation work on the derelict herring station on Tanera Mor. A conservation statement included with the application states the owners’ intent to ‘restore the building complex for leisure and holiday letting’, although this would require a separate full planning application.
“The ruined 18th century site and associated quay is situated in a bay on the east side of the island, which is being developed by its owners, Summer Isles Enterprises (SIE), as part of a four-year programme of improvements to transform it into an idyllic retreat for visitors.
“Several properties on the island have already been given the go-ahead for restoration. SIE intends to rebuild the herring station for residential and leisure use amid efforts to bring sustainable development to the island.
“The herring station, which dates back to 1784, and quay are located on the shores of the Anchorage. The station itself has survived as a roofless ruin since the early 20th century. In the application for the category B-listed building, site agents for SIE state the purpose of the conservation plan is to inform the plans for the site’s conservation, repair, redevelopment and reuse by bringing together historical knowledge of the station and its development.
“‘On the basis of this evidence it sets out and assesses the basis for the cultural, historical and aesthetic significance of the site, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally’. The report adds that the assessment forms foundations for policies to enable the site’s significance to be protected, conserved or enhanced wherever possible and to minimise impacts where unavoidable.
“The value of the site is identified as ‘considerable’ in its overall national implortance and it will require the ‘highest level of effort and care in conservation, restoration and recording.'”