Developer wins Culloden homes battle
January 7 2014Culloden Battlefield has been given the go ahead after the developer won the final round of a long-running planning battle.
Inverness Estates lodged plans for the scheme back in 2011 but were knocked back by Highland Council, prompting them to appeal to the Scottish Government.
That appeal has now proved successful, although it is dependent upon agreement being reached on financial contributions toward footpaths and affordable housing.
A government spokesperson said: "Once this agreement has been reached, the reporter will issue his final decision on the appeal. The reporter has agreed with Historic Scotland that it is unlikely that the proposal would have any impact on the character and ambience of the battlefield."
In a damning response to the original application the National Trust for Scotland had said that the scheme was not supported by current local development plans, adding: “The Trust questions the content, and therefore competency, of this application. It has been submitted as a full detailed scheme, but lacks critical information that is required such as plans, elevations and sections of the proposed new 16 houses.
“The Trust is also of the view that this application has the potential to affect materially the character of the Conservation Area by interrupting the open views and prospect,”
Master planned by GH Johnston Building Consultants the scheme replaces disused agricultural buildings and is said to marry contemporary and traditional design features.
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