COMMUNITY groups in Comrie could benefit from the local Development Trust's latest plans to change use of a number of the Nissen huts at Cultybraggan Camp.

Comrie Development Trust is seeking change of use consent in response to enquiries from the community for more space for a wide variety of uses - from offices to storage.

The organisation - which both owns and manages the former Ministry of Defence facility for the Comrie community - say the permission would make it easier for CDT to let these spaces out to meet demand. Nearly all the available space at the camp is now fully let.

They hope gain change of use consent for 29 huts and then group them together in their types. This would range from business and office use to an indoor sports space which they believe will benefit the area and help secure the future of the huts.

CDT has already received permission for change of use of nine Nissen huts at Cultybraggon back in 2009 and has since had strong interest from both local businesses, companies and community groups.

In a supporting document submitted with the application, the Trust said: "Since September 2009, the take up of Nissen huts has been good, with tenancies entered into with both local companies and incoming businesses.

"Demand is such that Comrie Development Trust now wishes to apply for planning approval for change of use for a total of 29 additional huts for a range of different use classes informed by enquiries for space to satisfy this demand.

"The Trust considers that bringing the both listed and unlisted huts into appropriate use helps to safeguard their future and is in line with Perth and Kinross Council's emerging policy of recognising the role Cultybraggan Camp has to play in providing industrial and commercial space in this rural location in the next ten years." Alan Caldwell, chair of the Trust's working group, told the Stathallan Times: "It is good news for the local economy in these difficult economic times that the lets of the first phase of units is almost fully subscribed.

"This permission would enable the trust to offer a wider choice, for businesses and individuals, of flexible space to let."