Forsinard Flows field centre and observatory plans come under fire
April 16 2014
Two applications have been approved by Highland Council for the site; one entails erection of an Icosis designed observation platform whilst another details plans for a field centre and accommodation block designed by Colin Armstrong Associates.
The observatory is intended to offer tourists views across the peatland, informing public opinion on the need to conserve habitat, and will be built adjacent to an existing trail. Objectors however are calling on the Heritage Lottery Fund to refuse funding for the scheme on the grounds that it would have an adverse effect on the environment it seeks to highlight.
In their design statement Icosis said of the Scottish larch clad build: “The observatory site is located within an area of blanket bog habitat and, as such, all efforts will be made to both minimise disruption to the ecosystem and avoid any long term damage to the vegetation and local habitat.”
A separate field centre would be built on the site of an existing house, providing accommodation for conservationists and space from which monitoring and research of the peatlands can be conducted.
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