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ScotCAT is working to establish a centre promoting sustainable living in Banchory. The ScotCAT project is supported by the Woodend Arts Association, Leys Estate and the Bancon Group.
An initial study was conducted in 2006/7, with a working committee comprising of Paul Herrington, Mark Hope and Alexander Burnett. Two public meetings were held to discuss the various elements of ScotCAT with many people from a wide range of backgrounds, industries and experience. The results of the study are available as a Feasibility Report to download here.
From a wide spectrum of views, the original ideas for ScotCAT have now been refined to comprise:
A site centred around the existing Woodend Barn Arts Centre containing;
- A Centre building providing information, education, demonstration, retail and office/conference facilities.
- Retrofitting of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in an existing farmhouse
- Visitor and tourist accommodation in the form of eco-chalets.
- A café.
- Further visitor attractions and displays to complete the site.
- A website providing information and an online shop.
Associated initiatives nearby with which ScotCat may collaborate include;
- Development of commercially-zoned land as a Sustainable Technologies Business Park.
- Further development of the neighbouring Hill of Banchory residential area with high-specification housing.
- Hill of Banchory ESCo Limited: A biomass combined-heat-and-power plant and district heating.
- A Park and Ride transport scheme.
- Influencing any nearby retail development to promote eco-efficiency.