UPDATE: Threat to Culloden Conservation Area – What can be done?

The National Trust of Scotland has reaffirmed their opposition to a new attempt to develop Treetops Stables, Faebuie, Culloden Moor as a holiday complex.

They state,“We opposed the original planning application back in May 2018, and the application was subsequently turned down by the Highland Council.”

The Battle of Culloden ranged over a large area. The National Trust of Scotland own a key part of the battlefield at Culloden but not the land on which the stables are built.

Nevertheless, they have raised their concerns in the past against developments that threatened the integrity of the wider historic battlefield.

The wider historic battlefield has Conservation Area status, applied by Highland Council.

Culloden Muir Conservation Area

This was a protective measure put in place after the Scottish reporter overturned a decision by the council to refuse planning permission for a luxury housing development at nearby Viewhill Farm. This, as predicted, now represents an intrusive and unwelcome presence within prominent view of the main battle site.

The new proposal is currently before Highland Council.

Details can be found on the following link:

https://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=Q9X6ZMIHL7900

Objections to this proposal can also be found on the site and persons wishing to lodge an objection, as has this writer, should send these to: eplanning@highland.gov.uk

Examples of objections to which one might refer are those of the Group To Stop Development At Culloden, Dr David Learmonth, A. S. McKenzie (short and concise) and Patricia Robertson among others.

The relevant National Trust of Scotland website statement can be found at:

https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/renewed-threat-to-culloden-conservation-area

A petition is available online: change.org-culloden with the appropriate link below.

At the time of writing the petition, which is addressed to Historic Environment Scotland, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop.msp, Local Government and Communities Committee Members, had around 110,000 signatures.

https://www.change.org/p/stop-no-housing-development-at-culloden-battlefield

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