Na­tional Park set to as­sess Glen­shee plans

Cabin plans called in by author­ity

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

Plans to cre­ate a new hol­i­day park in the Spit­tal of Glen­shee will be looked at by the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park Author­ity.

Glas­gow-based de­vel­op­ers Yor­sipp Ltd had ear­lier this month sub­mit­ted an in prin­ci­pal plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil to re­move what re­mains of the fire-dam­aged Spit­tal of Glen­shee Ho­tel and re­place it with 18 new two-bed­room hol­i­day cab­ins.

The pro­posed hol­i­day park near the MacThomas Bridge, north of Blair­gowrie, would also in­clude a cen­tral hub build­ing as well, which would house a re­cep­tion, restau­rant and bar, as well as a car park.

Now the park author­ity has “calledin” the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to as­sess the pro­pos­als it­self.

Should the de­vel­op­ment be ap­proved, it could pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for tourists to both the nearby Glen­shee Ski Cen­tre and the scenic Snow Road route within the bound­aries of the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park.

The park author­ity said: “The pro­posal is con­sid­ered to raise is­sues of sig­nif­i­cance to the col­lec­tive aims of the na­tional park in re­spect of the pro­vi­sion of tourism ac­com­mo­da­tion and fa­cil­i­ties close to the A93 scenic route out­side a set­tle­ment; so­cial and eco­nomic well­be­ing; and landscape im­pacts in re­la­tion to con­serv­ing and en­hanc­ing the landscape.”

A num­ber of con­sul­ta­tions have al­ready taken place on the pro­posed site by Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil.

Con­sul­tees have al­ready rec­om­mended a pro­tected species sur­vey on the site to make sure there

The ho­tel site shortly af­ter the fire in August, 2015 will be no ad­verse im­pact to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment un­der the Wildlife and Coun­try­side Act 1981, and add the de­vel­op­ers need to be aware they may have to get a li­cence from the Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage if they need to move a pro­tected species if nec­es­sary.

The coun­cil’s trad­ing stan­dards team has also in­spected the site’s un­der­ground fuel stor­age tanks af­ter com­plaints were made about health and safety.

Team mem­bers con­cluded they had no ob­jec­tions but added there is a “lowlevel risk” from the re­main­ing parts of the fuel stor­age sys­tem on site.

En­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers have also asked the de­vel­op­ers be­hind the pro­posal to main­tain and re­pair the ex­ist­ing pri­vate water sup­ply to the site should plan­ning per­mis­sion be granted.

A de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion will be an­nounced in due course.

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